01 Oct 2019 14:10pm
KATIMA MULILO, 01 OCT (NAMPA) The long-standing dispute on the Katima Mulilo town boundaries has been resolved, Zambezi Governor Lawrence Sampofu has announced.
In a media statement, he said an agreement between the Mafwe Traditional Authority and Katima Mulilo Town Council was reached on 19 September 2019 to honour the existing boundaries.
According to the statement, on 15 March 2019, a consultative meeting between the Katima Mulilo Town Council and Mafwe Traditional Authority, amongst others attended by Sampofu, Minister of Urban and Rural Development Peya Mushelenga, Attorney General Albert Kawana, Katima Mayor Georgina Mwiya-Simataa and several of the traditional authoritys Indunas, resolved that the town council should continue engaging the authority for an amicable solution to the town boundary issue.
This was followed by the appointment of a consultant, Boniface Mutumba, by the traditional authority to investigate the authenticity of a diagram and beacons of the Katima Mulilo boundaries released by the surveyor general in 1991.
The town council, traditional authority, the Office of the Zambezi Governor and the Namibian Police then identified all the beacons and certified them as genuine and correct.
It is further stated that on 19 September 2019, the consultant released the findings and the report would be submitted to all relevant offices.
Pursuant to all the discussions on the findings, the Mafwe Traditional Authority and Katima Mulilo Town Council accepted the existing boundaries on the diagram annexed as C as the authentic and recognised Katima Mulilo boundaries which forms the basis on which the town was declared in 1992, the statement said.
They further signed an agreement to honour the beacons and the boundaries.
Meetings will be held to inform residents in the affected areas about the development and to inform them that they are, in actual fact, residing on plots which are within the town boundaries and not outside as it was the belief previously.
It was further agreed by the town council and traditional authority that they would maintain cordial relationships and to consult each other on any expansion of the town in future.