OPUWO: The Chief Executive Officer of the Opuwo Town Council, Alphons Tjitombo has called on residents of Opuwo to stop fencing off land illegally and to desist from constructing buildings on such land.
Tjitombo said this on Wednesday whilst speaking to Nampa about the mushrooming of illegal fencing and construction of houses on townland which has not been surveyed or demarcated.
“The town council is calling on people who are intending to build houses in the town to only do so on land that has been issued to them by the council,” he stated.
He said in many cases, people erect structures illegally and later end up demanding that services be provided to them by the town council while the land they occupy was not given to them by the council.
Tjijombo further informed this news agency that the Opuwo Town Council is planning on registering all illegal buildings and fencing at the town this month.
The owners of the structures will then be served with letters informing them to move in order to make provision for the development of proper plots with all necessary services.
Residents who illegally construct houses or erect fencing on townland after the information has been circulated, will make themselves guilty of contravening the building regulations in the Local Authority Act, and they can be find at least N.dollars 80 for every day that the illegal structure stands.
Tjitombo said the registration will mostly affect people who live in the informal settlements of Ouranda and Orutjandja. They will receive a “disturbance allowance” to assist them with their relocation to other areas at the town.
The CEO said the registration of illegal fencing and building is due to start “soon”.
He called on traditional leaders of villages that share borders with Opuwo to be careful when allocating plots to settlers, saying they should not hand out plots on the town’s boundaries.