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.
Tshiguuo was allocated Unit A on the farm, and Joseph Unit B.
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.
“I am not happy at all with what happened on this farm. It will not happen again as long as I am still the Minister of Lands and Resettlement,” fumed !Naruseb in the presence of Lands and Resettlement Permanent Secretary, Lidwina Shapwa and several directors of his ministry.
He said some Hai-//Om community members had applied to be resettled on that farm, but none of them were considered for even a small unit of land on that farm.
The minister then condemned the manner in which officials in his ministry conducted the allocation of farm units on Farm Tsumore.
“I am not happy with some of my officials. The resettlement programme came into being in this country to assist all landless Namibians by firstly giving priority to those landless people who stay on the farms,” said !Naruseb.
Helena Oases, 64, who claim to have worked on Farm Tsumore since she was 12 years old, asked the minister what will happen to the graveyards of their ancestors on that farm.
!Naruseb informed her that there was a study being conducted in his ministry on how to handle such cases.
Dionesta Ames, 31, who claim to have been born on the same farm, expressed concern that the new resettled farmers have accused her people of stealing their livestock.
The minister then promised the Hai-//Om community that he will act quickly in allocating them a resettlement farm – free of disputes.