By Emma Kakololo WINDHOEK The Kavango Traditional Land Board is busy with paperwork for eviction letters to hundreds of illegal settlers in the western part of the Kavango Region. The Chairman of the Kavango Regional Land Board Kakuni Rengura told New Era yesterday that if things go according to plan, by next week Wednesday the eviction letters should be with the police for distribution. “We yet need to consult with the Kwangali Traditional Authority. The authority is yet to confirm the day. If possible, by next Wednesday, we may hand over eviction letters to the nearest police station, Kahenge police station,” he stated. He said his office also received complaints last week from people asking that their names be removed from the list as they had already moved out of the area. Last month, the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement revealed the names of people who have been served with eviction notices. Rengura said last week his office wrote a letter to the ministry requesting for the latest release of the names of people who still have not reacted to the notification directives and could be evicted. King of Ondonga Eliphas Kauluma in February also urged his subjects who have illegally settled in Ukwangali to return home. He said land was available for them as well as grazing now that the rain has come. Way back in 1946, the Oukwanyama traditional headman, Elia Wejulu, requested a piece of land from the Kwangali king, which was granted. The land area given was 60 kilometres wide by 150 kilometres in length. However, problems arose because many more farmers moved into the area with their cattle without permission and put up illegal fences. Meanwhile, the lands ministry has started with the surveying and re-demarcation of farms in the Kavango as well as the four northern regions.
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