Oshana Regional Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa has advised the residents of Oshana to desist from land grabbing because the government would deliver 200 000 serviced plots to enable people to build houses.
The governor said the government is aware of the plight of the landless and is set to address the problem.
The governor warned residents of Ondangwa planning to grab land to refrain from taking the law into their own hands, stressing that grabbing land would not solve the issue of landlessness.
“The country needs peace and taking the law into our own hands is not a good sign,” advised the Oshana governor.
His advice comes after alarming news from other regions of land grabbing battles between landless youth and the police, which ended in violence and some people jailed.
The latest land scuffle was in Rehoboth where six people were arrested and several others injured this week.
Last year, the government and the leaders of the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) group signed an agreement to service 200 000 plots.
In Oshakati, 1 371 plots at Ehenye are already being serviced.
Oshakati, Walvis Bay and Windhoek were selected as the three piloting towns for the mass land servicing project.
Ondangwa has also committed itself to service about 900 erven for low to middle income residents in financial year 2016/17.
The council has already invested over N$52 million to service residential and industrial erven in the current financial year.
In the state of the nation address, the president also indicated in his Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) to build 20 000 houses and service 26 000 plots within the next four years.
The governor appealed to “want-to land grabbers” to consult the regional council before involving themselves with such illicit activities.