|Top cop sidelined over Tsumkwe|
|Written by Augetto Graig|
|Wednesday, 03 July 2013 20:06|
This week the good intentions and fair-mindedness of Chief of Police, Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga, was undermined by bureaucracy and pass-the-buck mentality as every ministry asked to back his move to evict illegal settlers from the Tsumkwe West N≠a Jaqna Conservancy by Saturday, dodged the responsibility.The plight of the marginalised and vulnerable indigenous San community was highlighted two months ago by Informanté, explaining how their Devil’s Claw livelihood and way of life has been disrupted by fences strung up by hundreds of cattle farmers who have settled with their thousand-head herds.
After initial investigation confirmed the land invasion, Ndeitunga called for the farmers to vacate and return to where they came from by 6 July. However, he called on government and specifically the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, and the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement (MLR) to approach the courts for a necessary eviction order.
With the local THE government ministry already having said that illegal migration is a land issue, and the Ministry of Environment silent about the impact on the local environment, MLR finally communicated its stance this week. Ministerial public relations officer Chrispin Matongela said that there is no chance that the ministry would approach the courts for an eviction order before Saturday.
“The process cannot be completed in one month. The Land Board must take a decision first before the Ministry of Justice can be requested to apply for eviction orders,” he explained. He said that the Communal Land Reform Act 5 of 2002 places the authority for evicting people occupying communal land illegally under the Otjozondjupa Communal Land Board, which is meeting on 9 and 10 July in Tsumkwe to discuss this matter. In the meantime, people who are occupying the area legally shall remain in the area, he said.