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Ondonga chief headman denies illegal land allocation

OLUNO, 19 MAR (NAMPA) – The Ondonga Chief Headman for the Onalusheshete District, Eino Shondili Amutenya has denied allegations that he illegally allocated large portions of land to two people at Ohainghete village.
Some Ohainghete villagers have expressed concern that Amutenya violated council rules despite being a traditional councillor, and some even want him out.
One of the two men who got land as reported by The Namibian newspaper last week is former Otavi constituency regional councillor Bathlomeus Shangheta, whom Amutenya claims he does not know.
“I don’t even know Shangheta personally, so there would have been no way for me to give him that piece of land. Perhaps he knows me, but not because I was the one who allocated him the land,” Amutenya told Nampa Thursday.
The chief headman said he was approached by a San community residing in that area, complaining about how a ‘certain businessman’ was fencing off their grazing land, when he intervened as soon as possible.
“That piece of land is where the San community collect their food from, so how could I give it away if I had stopped it from being fenced off once before?” he asked.
The Headman of Ohainghete Nghilifavali 'Shimbungu' Kandjabanga and his people have since written a letter of complaint to the Ondonga Traditional Authority and the Ministry of Land Reform regarding the matter.
Kandjabanga on Saturday expressed his disappointment to Nampa, saying he was not consulted about this allocation of land, despite being the headman.
Amutenya, however claimed that Kandjabanga had no right to allocate land in his village as he has lost the power to do so.
“He misused and abused his power to do so and as chief headman I took it away from him,” Amutenya said.

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