Give free land to vulnerable pensioners: SWANU president

16 Dec 2014 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 16 DEC (NAMPA) – SWANU of Namibia president, Usutuaije Maamberua has again called for a second Land Conference, saying it is a priority.
He made the call in statement issued on Tuesday, saying “the land question is not time to make friends or even to be nice to each other. Any solution to the land issue will necessarily hurt people”.
The first Land Conference was held in 1991.
Maamberua earlier suggested that the land issue should be tackled by using taxation, land conferences, investment in barren land, forestation methods, moral suasion, increased agricultural subsidies and land price controls.
He further demanded that the names of those killed during the forced removal of people from the Old Location to Katutura in December 1959, should be inscribed on the tombstone of the mass grave at the Old Location Memorial Cemetery.
The SWANU leader urged Government to give free land to vulnerable pensioners, and also increase their monthly pension grants to be on par with that of war veterans who receive N.dollars 2 200 per month.
Pensioners currently receive N.dollars 600.
He also wished people a peaceful festive season, and urged them to stay away from all forms of physical violence at all cost.
Maamberua further showed his appreciation to law-enforcement agencies and health workers who work tirelessly day and night protecting the nation and caring for the sick, respectively.
He further urged people to remember that celebrating is relishing the joyfulness of this festive season, noting that many people are not able to share in these delights which some take for granted.