Omatando villagers warned against illegal land sales

26 Apr 2017 16:50pm
ONGWEDIVA, 26 APR (NAMPA) – Omatando villagers in Ongwediva have been warned against unauthorised land sales, especially now that the council is starting with the township planning process.
Ongwediva Town Corporate Communications Officer, Jackson Muma told a media conference on Wednesday that legal action will be taken against those found breaking the law.
Muma was updating the media on progress in formalising the village into a township.
He said unauthorised land sales by individuals is illegal and those practising it should stop as it might hinder the council’s planning process.
“No construction and new developments are allowed during this period either,” he said.
Omatando village extensions 1, 2 and 3 became part of Ongwediva town lands through Government Gazette No.5038 of September 2012 and is on its way to becoming a township.
The Ongwediva Town Council recently completed a property registration process at the township, which Muma described as a success.
Between 16 February and 31 March this year, property owners registered whatever structures they had erected in the village to help the council make proper and coordinated planning towards Omatando’s formalisation.
A total 1 354 properties were registered, while the negotiation for compensation and planning itself will start in May 2017.
“The aim is to have a well-planned and surveyed township and thereafter essential services can be provided to the community of Omatando in line with the right Local Authority Act,” Muma said.
The fast growing township’s borders were recently extended about eight kilometres northwards to include about 11 villages in its borders.
Muma said the planning process will be entirely consultative and every person in Omatando will be afforded an opportunity to contribute towards its formalisation.