24 Oct 2014 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 24 OCT (NAMPA) - Housing remains a big problem, with most political parties promising to address land delivery if voted into power.
The Presidential and National Assembly elections are scheduled to take place on 28 November this year.
Opposition party the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) of Namibia under the leadership of McHenry Venaani promises to roll-out a massive low-cost housing programme to ensure that by the time the nation completes 36 years of its independence, every family will have a house of its own.
Our proposed program will further ensure that all houses are equipped with the basic facilities of toilets, piped water supply and electricity.
To do this, we will prioritise all our resources towards this goal; establish an urban land resettlement scheme to benefit urban hunger of serviced land, and put equity in the hands of the poor; provide housing subsidies to first-time home-buyers; and innovatively structure the program to converge and dovetail various existing programs, the DTAs election manifesto shows.
The ruling Swapo-Party has promised to continue with its mandate of ensuring the fast delivery of housing units, thereby addressing the backlog in housing delivery and enhancing access to affordable housing for all Namibians, especially for the lower-income citizens.
According to this party's 2014 election manifesto, they promise to introduce programmes and strategies directed towards the engagement of stakeholders in housing provision and development with a view to facilitate housing ownership.
The Swapo-Party furthermore promised to financially assist local authorities to increase the supply of serviced residential land.
The Swapo-Party will review the distribution methods used by local authorities to ensure that households in real need of housing enjoy priority; and review the national housing policy, especially with regard to the provision on funding for low- income housing, said the manifesto.
The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP)'s 2014 election manifesto promises to reduce the price of land, and to provide serviced plots in all urban centres; subsidise the construction materials for both urban and rural dwellers; and prohibit the practice of auctioning plots on State land in both urban and rural centres for housing development.
The party's manifesto under the theme 'It's time for change. Together, we can do better', said the RDP regards the provision of decent housing as a basic human right.
Therefore, an RDP-led government will establish a national standard for housing, both in terms of plot sizes, quality of construction materials and the construction itself; as well as establish a competent housing development agency to plan, implement and/ or oversee the execution of the national housing development program.
In fact, democracy, peace and stability start with decent shelters for all, the party stressed.
The Congress of Democrat (CoD) also promised the delivery of quality housing to working people in the country, and to reduce the problem of housing in general.
On its part, the newly-formed Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) says it guarantees the provision of quality, spacious houses to all people, which will be within sustainable human settlements with basic services such as water, electricity, sanitation, schools, sports and recreational grounds and parks.