11 Aug 2013 02:30
BLOUWES, 11 AUG (NAMPA) Leaders of the Blouwes Traditional Authority (BTA) in the !Karas Region say the village is overcrowded and there is not enough farming land for everyone.
They expressed this concern during a meeting with the Deputy Minister of Lands and Resettlement, Theo Diergaardt on Thursday at this village, situated some 50 kilometres north of Keetmanshoop.
Blouwes has approximately 5 000 residents.
Senior Councillor in the BTA, Susan Kainkos said many people are coming to settle in Blouwes, and young people who were born here, have now become adults and need land to farm, but there is no land available anymore.
She requested Government to allocate more communal land to these people by declaring some State land as communal land.
Other leaders stated that very few people from Blouwes benefited from the governments resettlement programme, and that the boundary fences which separate communal areas were stolen and need to be replaced.
They noted that unavailability of land causes conflict between residents when it comes to grazing their livestock.
In response, Diergaardt said his ministry will send a team to investigate the matter and identify potential land for allocation to residents.
We do not want you guys to fight over land, we are all Namibians. So for now, keep peace and cooperate with the team when they come so that a solution can be found, Diergaardt said.
Responding to the issue of boundary fences, Director of Regional Programme Implementation in the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement, Alfred Sikopo said the ministry still has to decide who is responsible for the replacement of such fences.
After the deaths of their Chief Hans Johannes Titus in 2009 and Acting Chief Moses Jacobus in 2012, the BTA is being led by Johannes Barman as chairperson.
Barman told Nampa on enquiry that the process of getting a new chief is underway, as they have already submitted the names of the various candidates for chief, deputy chief and senior councillors to the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development (MRLGHRD).
We are just waiting for the minister to come back to us and tell us who will be our next chief, said the chairman.