OPUWO: The acting Chief Executive Officer of the Kamanjab Village Council says 43 plots will soon be appropriated by the Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, Jerry Ekandjo there.
According to acting CEO Jakes Namaseb, the plots belong to people whom the Village Council cannot trace.
He was speaking to Nampa on Monday about the lack of available plots at the village, which is hampering development.
“The minister said we should send him a list on Monday (today) of all plots owned by unknown people at the village in order for him to apply for the appropriation of these plots,” he explained.
Ekandjo last Thursday urged the Kamanjab Village Council to come up with a list of plots that have gone unused for the past 20 years so that he could look into appropriating these with a view to bring development to the village.
“The owners, whom we have been trying to trace for the past five years with no success, would have to go and face the minister in court when their plots are appropriated,” Namaseb noted.
All 43 plots were apparently given to people before Independence, which was in 1990.
According to the Village Council, some of the plots were given to the unknown owners as far back as 1954 when Kamanjab was declared a town by the colonial government of that time.
Nine of the plots are situated in the village’s business centre, while the remaining 34 are residential plots.
“We have been calling for the owners of these 43 plots to come to the Kamanjab Village Council to work out some understanding on what could be done with the plots or for them to resell these to potential developers who want to develop the village, but they did not respond,” Namaseb added.
Advertisements calling for the owners of the 43 plots to contact the Village Council have been published in different newspapers since 2007, but also to no avail.
Meanwhile, the Kamanjab Village Council is in possession of a list of 150 applicants who are interested in acquiring plots there for both business and residential purposes, but there were none available until recently when 270 plots were approved for demarcation and servicing.
The demarcation and servicing of the plots at the village’s new extension will commence soon, with work set to start on the project in the current financial year.