Inspector General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga, on Wednesday blamed the illegal land grabbing underway in the capital on the City of Windhoek (CoW) council and threatened to take over and run the council.
Ndeitunga made the remarks while addressing the media right after the police dispersed a crowd of land grabbers in Otjomuise’s Matsitsi road.
There have been a number of land grabbing incidents in Windhoek over the past few weeks, with desperate residents adamant that they will not stop until they own their own land.
Ndeitunga said people should go through the right channels if they want to acquire land because the police will not tolerate chaos and lawlessness.
The city council, he said, must put their house in order, adding: “This chaos started with the Windhoek city council. I think I have to take over the council and run it while they are putting their house in order. If they are not careful we are going to run it, and we will govern that council.”
He said the police are fed up with illegal land grabbers as they have been talking to them politely but they are not listening, warning that the police will not allow chaos and lawlessness because Namibia is a law-abiding society.
Meanwhile NamPol spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Kauna Shikwambi, confirmed that the police demolished structures that were erected illegally in the area and arrested about 16 people who threw stones at police officers and threatened to set police cars on fire.
When approached for comment, CoW public relations and communications manager Harold Akwenye reiterated that the city council is the custodian of the land within the local authority of Windhoek and has procedures that need to be followed when procuring land.
However, the challenges hampering land delivery are mainly due to a lack of funding and a protracted land development value chain, he said.
Source: Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA)