Communal Land Reform Act prohibits dual grazing

19 Nov 2013 17:30pm
OREVIA, 19 NOV (NAMPA) – Dual grazing, through which a person who owns a farm or who has been resettled on commercial land still maintains his farming activities on communal land, is a practice that is not allowed as per the Communal Land Reform Act of 2002.
By disallowing dual settlement/grazing, the Communal Land Reform Act of 2002 has made it impossible for a single person who occupies a farm or commercial land to still lay claim to communal grazing.
This information came to the fore during a community meeting between Orevia residents in the Aminuis Constituency of the Omaheke Region and representatives from the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement who were in Orevia on Monday to conduct investigations into reported illegal fencing in communal lands.
The Investigating team, which is still busy with its work at the village, is made up of three members assigned by Lands and ResettlementMinister Alpheus !Naruseb to ascertain the legitimacy of villagers’ claims about illegal fencing and their impacts at the village.
The investigating team’s leader is Efraim Keja and the other members of the committee are Erwin Hewicke and Donata Kapitango
Keja told residents of Orevia village during the meeting that they should report any individual who continues to farm on communal land whilst practicing farming on commercial land.
According to Keja, a person is only allowed to have a house for accommodation purposes on his former dwelling on communal land. Such person may not, according to Keja, keep livestock or carry out gardening activities at such dwelling.
“The Communal Land Reform Act is very clear on this one. It does not encourage or allow dual settlement of any individual regardless of the circumstances. This is to make it easier for those left behind on communal land to carry out their farming without the pressure of even more livestock of a person who has attained commercial farming status,” he said.
Keja said people in villages have the right to take up such issues with the relevant structures within the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement to make sure that their limited grazing resources are not depleted by those who have other means of farming.
The village of Orevia, located some 90 kilometres south of Gobabis, has been in the news lately due to the high number of illegal fences erected at the village.
Although many people at Orevia have since obliged to the Lands and Resettlement Ministry’s call to remove their fences, a few still cling onto their fences and have now applied to have such fences officially recognised.
Illegal fencing within the Aminuis Constituency has made farming difficult for many in the region, as drought takes its toll on the constituency.