Kafula gets plot under the table

07 November 2014 Author   Rochelle Neidel

Front KAFULA 107 NovCity of Windhoek Mayor Agnes Kafula allegedly bought a plot in Kleine Kuppe at N$ 600,000 whilst the average price of 400 square metre plots sold at a recent auction in Academia Extension 1 was N$1.2 million.

 

Kafula purchased the plot when the original buyer returned the plot to the City because the buyer could not successfully conclude the transaction.

The embattled mayor is also said to be renting a residential property from the City of Windhoek while she continues to receive a generous housing allowance from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration where she is employed full-time.

Kafula refused to comment on both issues referring all questions to the City of Windhoek spokesperson.

Attempts to reach City of Windhoek spokesperson Joshua Amukugo for comment proved unsuccessful as he was said to be in meetings.

The City’s public relations officer Lydia Amutenya asked the newspaper to send questions via email so that she could obtain answers from the relevant departments.

She confirmed receiving the questions, but had not responded by the time of going to print.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Windhoek residents took to social media site Facebook this week to call for a demonstration against the high urban land prices and the preferential treatment members of the elite received in land acquisition.

Recent media reports that Kafula put in a “special” request so that 2013 Big Brother Africa winner Dillish Mathews could get land in a posh suburb for a minimal price sparked the outrage.

This was after the City had apparently turned down others such as World Boxing Champion Harry Simon who apparently wanted a piece of land in Otjomuise.

Kafula’s son also reportedly received a prime plot in the city centre in the days that followed.

A lobby group that want Government to amend laws relating to the sale of land in the country established a movement called “Bring the House Down”.

Group representative Inna Gorroh said their objective was to fight for people to have fair opportunities to acquire land at affordable prices and to hold decision-making authorities to account when people acquired land through corrupt practices.

“We continue to speak to the necessary stakeholders to ensure that all who are affected by the problem and are part of the problem become part of the solution,” he said.

Namibia was recently ranked second only to Dubai as the country with the fastest rising property prices.

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