Compensation policy just lip service: Tjeundo

05 Dec 2017 19:30pm
OPUWO, 05 DEC (NAMPA) – Vice president of the official opposition, the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), Kazeongere Tjeundo has labelled the recently approved compensation policy by the National Council as mere lip service by the Namibian government.
Tjeundo, who is also the Opuwo Urban Constituency Councillor, made this comment in an interview with Nampa on Monday.
The official opposition's deputy, who told this agency that he is also a victim of the recent human wildlife conflict happening in the Kunene Region, said the policy leaves more questions to be answered than addressesing the issue at hand.
Tjeundo’s sentiments were echoed by the chairperson of the Otuzemba Conservancy, Karee Mupya, who said there is already a dragging of feet by the relevant authorities to release the compensation money of farmers who already fell prey to human wildlife conflict.
Both Mupya and Tjeundo said there are farmers waiting for their compensation from as far back as 2015.
“Government has to come clear on who will be having the compensation mandate as most farmers have to date not gotten a single cent, because conservancies would tell farmers that the relevant ministries have not yet released the money,” Tjeundo said.
Supporting Tjeundo, Mupya acknowledged that the N.dollars 60 000 given to conservancies per year is not always dispensed on time, resulting in conservancies not being in a position to execute their required responsibilities such as compensating victims.
The new policy, according to media reports, states that N.dollars 100 000 will be paid as compensation for loss of human life, while for injuries depending on the severity thereof, Government will compensate between N.dollars 10 000 and N.dollars 30 000.
Victims of human wildlife conflict left disabled will be paid N.dollars 50 000.
An amount of N.dollars 3 000 will be paid in the loss of cattle, while N.dollars 500 will be paid for a goat, N.dollars 700 for a sheep, N.dollars 800 for a horse, N.dollars 500 for a donkey and N.dollars 700 for a pig.
Crop production will, according to the policy, be compensated N.dollars 250 for a quarter of a hectare and N.dollars 1 000 for a hectare.
The regions most affected, according to reports, are Kunene, Zambezi, Kavango East and West, Ohangwena, Erongo and Omusati.
Communal farmers in the Torra Constituency in Kunene recently lost 86 small livestock to a pride of lions while another farmer in the same area lost 145 goats and sheep to the same pride of lions.
A man was also attacked by a lion a few months ago in the Sesfontein Constituency at Onguta village.