Land grabbing a result of lack of service delivery: DTA

16 May 2017 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 16 MAY (NAMPA) – Land grabbing is caused by a lack of service delivery by the Walvis Bay Municipality and other town councils, DTA of Namibia’s Secretary General, Immanuel Ngaringombe has said.
In a media statement issued on Tuesday, Ngaringombe said bureaucracy and long waiting lists have led to people losing faith in the town councils to provide them with land.
A group of about 1 200 people illegally erected shacks and tents in Walvis Bay’s Tutaleni area on 02 May.
They said they put up structures on a piece of unoccupied land which they had asked the municipality to allocate to them, but received no response.
Ngaringombe said while land grabbing must be denounced, doing so without simultaneously recognising the role of local authorities would be “an incomplete assessment of the situation”.
He added that the root of all land uprisings are a failure of management, planning and administration by the various town councils.
If the problem is not addressed, more property will be damaged and lives might be lost during clashes between land grabbers and law enforcement agencies, he said.