Amupanda pleased with mass land application campaign

27 Feb 2015 18:00pm
OKAHANDJA, 28 FEB (NAMPA) - Land activist Job Amupanda has expressed satisfaction with the turn-out of landless Namibians for the mass application for land campaign on Friday.
The suspended Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) leader told members of the media here that he was pleased with the strategy the Okahandja youth embarked upon, by going into their communities to get the application letters of those who could not hand it in themselves.
He commended the youth of Okahandja, saying he is delighted to see how the youth are united with the elderly of the town, who also came out in large numbers.
More than 3 500 people handed in their applications.
Some looked angry and shouted, “We want land, we want land!”
Amupanda stated that he was also content with the turn-out of landless people in Ondangwa and Swakopmund, noting that despite political threats the fearless youth went out in large numbers to hand in their applications.
“We do know of the politics here in Okahandja, but we are not part of that, nor are we interested in it. Of course we are concerned about them, but that is not what brought us here,” he said.
Amupanda explained that his mission, together with other land activists George Kambala and Dimbulukeni Nauyoma was to facilitate their ‘Affirmative Repositioning’ campaign and ensure that the application forms are handed in.
He further complimented the Okahandja community, saying they have a good fighting spirit, and are determined to make sure the land issue is addressed.
Amupanda stressed that the youth gave the town councils until 31 July 2015 to reply to the applications and if they do not, they will take action.
He told the Okahandja community that if they do not get any response from the town council by the due date, they should start identifying land for occupation.
The youth activist, however, stated that they will engage the town councils and give them ideas on how to address the land issue in their towns.
The trio briefly occupied a plot in Windhoek’s affluent Klein Kuppe suburb illegally in November 2014.
Shortly afterwards, Amupanda resigned from the league’s national executive committee and was later suspended from the SPYL as Secretary for Information, Publicity and Mobilisation and other party activities.