WINDHOEK: Local Authorities (LAs) in the Karas and Hardap regions want decision-making powers over land deals, a Member of Parliament (MP) announced yesterday.
Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Constitutional and Legal Affairs, Evelyn !Nawases Taeyele, said this in the National Assembly, following public hearings conducted in the Karas and Hardap regions from 07 May to 04 June 2012.
The public hearings were based on the state of decentralisation, and regional and local government service delivery.
She said that during the process of consultations with regional and local authorities it emerged that there is no uniform implementation of regulations governing the usage of land by LAs, adding that while it is prohibited to sell virgin land, it is suspected that land between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay had been sold.
Taeyele noted that due to a shortage of land and un-serviced land for housing, landless residents in both regions had resorted to land-grabbing as their pleas for residential erven have not been attended to.