10 May 2012

Namibia: Hambukushu Leader Wants to Sell Fish Farm and Projects

Hambukushu Chief Erwin Munika Mbambo wants three Government-owned projects situated in his area of jurisdiction to be sold to local businessman Tulio Perreira.

The projects are the Karovo fish farm and the National Youth Service (NYS) and Namibia Development Corporation (NDC)'s agricultural projects.

Mbambo's subjects, however, fear that the sale of all three projects to a private business person will not benefit them in any way.

Some community members said they buy cheap fish at the Karovo fish farm, while others also work there.

The proposal to sell the fish farm comes while Government is advocating the development and promotion of aquaculture to boost the country's socio-economic status.

The Hambukushu leader proposed that the fish farm and the two agricultural projects be taken over by Perreira in order to develop these into productive projects.

In a letter dated March 24 2012 addressed to Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister John Mutorwa - made available to this reporter - Mbambo said Perreira approached the Hambukushu Traditional Authority with the intention to buy and develop these three projects.

"Therefore, it is advisable to open the door and give his company a chance to see how best his company would do, as this would create jobs for our communities," read the letter signed by the chief.

Approached for comment recently, Perreira denied ever telling Mbambo that he wants to buy the two agricultural projects and the fish farm, and indicated that the fish farm is badly located.

Perreira said he only asked the chief for his stone-crushing factory's area to be expanded by 2 000 hectares.

Godfried Sitengu, the Chief Biologist at the Kamutjonga Inland Fisheries' Institute, under which the fish farm falls, confirmed that he is aware of the letter which the Hambukushu leader wrote to the Agriculture Minister.

Sitengu told Nampa on Wednesday that the fish farm does not belong to the Hambukushu Traditional Authority, and as a result, it has no right to sell it.

He indicated that he forwarded the letter to Ulitala Hiveluah, the permanent secretary in the Fisheries' Ministry.

The biologist noted that the Karovo fish farm, which has about six production ponds, is doing well, and is expected to harvest fish towards the end of this year.


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