Traditional authorities have power to stop fencing: Pohamba

08 Oct 2013 11:30am
SWKOPMUND, 08 OCT (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba says he is disturbed by the increasing reports of illegal fencing of communal land in some parts of Namibia.
Speaking during the opening of the 16th annual meeting of the Council of Traditional Leaders here on Monday, Pohamba explained that traditional authorities and Communal Land Boards have the power to administer this land along with Government to prevent the illegal fencing off of land.
The Head of State said some traditional leaders are allowing members of the public to fence off land, and went on to say the allocation of communal land must be done in accordance with the provisions of the Communal Land Reform Act 5 of 2002.
Pohamba also stated that those who make themselves guilty of fencing off land are individuals who have money.
“A poor person cannot afford these wires (fencing), and those who are doing it are those who have the money and are depriving those who have no land for grazing. Therefore, those who do not have money need protection, but the ancestral lands used for grazing have been barricaded by those who have money,” the President noted.
He further stated that unity must prevail at all levels in society, so that focus is placed on improving the living conditions of all Namibians.
Also delivering remarks during the opening ceremony, Deputy Chairperson of the Council of Traditional Leaders, Immanuel /Gaseb said traditional leaders are faced with many challenges, coupled with the issue of water resource management.
He indicated that during the meeting, a proposal will be submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry for rain water to be contained so that it can be used by people and animals alike during droughts.
/Gaseb also added that the council of traditional leaders are disturbed by some unhygienic towns in the country.
He urged traditional leaders to protect the communities they serve.