TSUMEB: Lands and Resettlement Minister, Alpheus Naruseb on Friday expressed disappointment in the manner his staff handled a resettlement process at Farm Tsumore in the Oshikoto Region in 2008.
Farm Tsumore is situated some 19 kilometres west of Tsumeb near Lake Otjikoto in the Oshikoto Region.
The farm was purchased by Government in 2007 for resettlement purposes, and close to 50 Hai-//Om San community members who have worked and lived on it for over 50 years, now face eviction from that farm on the basis that they are illegally there since 2008 when it was allocated to Gervasius Tshiguuo and Clemens Joseph.
In a meeting with the Hai-//Om community members on Friday, !Naruseb said it seems the normal resettlement procedures to resettle Tshiguuo and Joseph on Farm Tsumore were not properly followed.
He explained that the normal resettlement procedure in his ministry is that farm workers who were born and grew up on a particular farm, are supposed to be given first priority during the resettlement process, because they have no other place to go to.
!Naruseb said it is embarrassing for him to learn that the real landless Namibians who were born and grew up on Farm Tsumore, have been completely ignored during the resettlement process of that farm.