Workers must support Affirmative Repositioning Campaign: TUCNA

25 Feb 2015 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 25 FEB (NAMPA) – The Trade Union Congress of Namibia (TUCNA) has urged all workers who do not have land or houses to support the planned mass application for land on Friday.
The mass action will take place countrywide under the “Affirmative Repositioning” campaign spearheaded by suspended Swapo youth leader Job Amupanda.
TUCNA president Mahongora Kavihuha told Nampa on Wednesday that this action is not politically-motivated but merely a social action aimed at addressing much-needed basic rights, in this case access to land.
He said politicians’ anger about this planned action should not be directed at the organisers but rather at themselves.
“It is unfair for them to attack the organisers and the landless; they should point fingers at themselves. It is an open secret that there is no land scarcity in Namibia, only lack of political will to share the resources with the general public,” he stressed.
Kavihuha noted that landless Namibians have given Local Authorities and politicians since 1992, when Local Authorities Act was enacted, to come up with programmes and interventions to ensure that every Namibian has a piece of land, but they “have successfully failed”.
The union leader said some of municipalities have closed their departments responsible for servicing land by outsourcing such services.
There is nothing like incitement of people to stand against political leaders and Local Authorities – the only incitement of the landless is to own land, he noted.
“It is not against Government or anyone else,” said Kavihuha, indicating that the threat to peace and disrupting stability in Namibia are caused by the delay in the redistribution of land and by politicians dishing out land to their closest people.
“We are urging politicians and Local Authorities to be careful that they cannot at all time fool everybody. What would solve the problem is to give what the person deserves,” he said.
More than 14 0000 applications for land were submitted to the City of Windhoek in November 2014 through the Affirmative Repositioning campaign.