21 Apr 2017 10:20am
NKURENKURU, 21 APR (NAMPA) Proper training for traditional authorities on land allocation is needed to avoid land disputes in the Kavango West Region, the regions governor has suggested.
Sirkka Ausiku said this to Vice-President Nickey Iyambo on Thursday during his familiarisation tour to the region.
Iyambo was accompanied by Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa and Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism Tommy Nambahu.
Community members are not properly consulted by traditional authorities on land allocation which prompts them to lose their food production fields and grazing areas for their livestock, she explained.
Government needs to engage traditional authorities more for the process of land allocation to go smoother, Ausiku said, suggesting this would reduce the number of illegal fencing in the Mbunza and Ukwangali traditional authorities.
Iyambo said his office will take up the governors concerns, promising that Government will engage the traditional authorities.
Government, he said, should however not be seen as the enemy as the intervention would be for the good of all the people.
He called on the nation not to fight over land, stating that anyone can have a piece of land anywhere in the country.
Ausiku further briefed Iyambo on the lack of proper housing as most families live in traditional dwellings made out of mud and clay.
There are also no formalised community markets where people can sell their products.
Individuals sell under trees or just in the sun along the main roads hoping for road users to stop by and buy their items.
During his familiarisation tour, Iyambo visited the newly constructed Swapo party regional office in Nkurenkuru, the health centre, Ukwangali Traditional Authority and the Musese Irrigation Scheme.