Council cancels property sale
Swakopmund is losing money due to a former mayor
29 January 2021 | Government
It is the end of so-called preferential treatment of SWAPO members at Swakopmund municipal level, with the opposition-dominated council cancelling the sale of several properties to former mayor, Juuso Kambueshe.
In addition to serving as mayor for several years, Kambueshe also acted as chairman of the regional council until the end of 2020.
Besides his political career, Kambueshe is also a property developer, having acquired sites in various areas of Swakopmund between 2016 and 2018.
According to a draft resolution, the total size of all erven measured more than 47 300m². Land uses vary, ranging from light industry to general business and also residential.
Although Kambueshe confirmed the purchase of all the land in writing, he never paid and regularly requested extensions on the repayment period.
According to a draft resolution, council decided in September 2017 that the town chief executive had to arrange a meeting with Kambueshe.
However, “the CEO has tried to arrange a meeting since 2018, but to no avail, which is why the cancellation of the sale is still pending,” the draft resolution on the property sale states.
Despite Kambueshe’s poor repayment record, the former town council repeatedly approved repayment extensions and never took any concrete steps. Moreover, the former council arranged several meetings with Kambueshe, but he never pitched up. Because of this, land sales have been pending for years.
“The income lost through these five transactions has been put at more than N$29 million over the past three years,” according to the draft resolution.
This has now been put to an end, with council moving that the properties are to be sold at auction.
This newspaper learned from reliable sources that members of the SWAPO party recently objected to this decision at a meeting of the town’s executive branch. However, the majority of the council members, who are members of the IPC, SRA, LPM and UDF, outvoted them.
Of the ten seats on the Swakopmund town council, SWAPO retained only three following last year’s elections. At yesterday’s meeting, no objection was raised against the decision.
In the meantime, the first Windhoek City Council meeting for the year was postponed to 11 February, with no reasons given.