Mass land application declared peaceful

01 Mar 2015 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 01 MAR (NAMPA)- Land activist Job Amupanda declared the countrywide mass land application campaign as having been peaceful, and a success strory in Namibian history.
Amupanda told a media briefing here on Sunday that no cases of violence were reported with the Police during the campaign on Friday 27 February.
He said the campaign is a milestone in the country's history because nothing of that kind has ever happened in Namibia before.
A preliminary count of mass land applications from some of the 50 village and town councils swelled to 35 000 by Sunday afternoon, with Walvis Bay leading at 9500.
According to Amupanda, the Swakopmund Town Council have indicated that they are to acknowledge receipt of the 3 500 mass land applications received on Friday via a letter to all applicants.
He said they have given all town councils until 31 July 2015 to respond to the land applicants, and if nothing is done they will occupy the land.
The Suspended Swapo-party Youth League leader stated that the elite are used to eating without being disturbed and with the success of the campaign they are panicking and traumatized because their flats that are currently leased will be empty when the youth get land.
According to preliminary results delivered at a media conference on Sunday, Okahandja received 4000 mass land applications, Ongwediva, Oshakati and Tsumeb 2500 each, Otjiwarongo 200, Keetmanshoop 800 and Ondangwa 2500 by Friday lunch time.
“I am proud of all the youth who came out to exercise their rights to apply for land and those who think this is just about us will have themselves to blame,” said Amupanda.
He said the only issue they had to deal with during the mass land-application on Friday was, while facilitating in Okahandja they were informed of a group of youths in Windhoek who were demanding the City of Windhoek accept their applications, even though Windhoek was not included in this year's campaign.
A mass land-application in Windhoek in November least year spearheaded by Amupanda and two associates, recorded a total of 14 thousand applications.
On Friday, chaos erupted when City of Windhoek officials refused to accept about 2 500 land applications under the Affirmative Repositioning saying, they would only accept applications through the normal route.
The situation only calmed down when a box was brought outside for applicants to submit their application letters.
Amupanda stated that they are not going to stop and will continue ensuring that each Namibian has a piece of land.
“We are not going to stop, we will continue to consolidate the youth until this land issue is addressed, and just as our people go to bed with problems so will politicians about this land issue,” said Amupanda.
He congratulated the youth, saying they have done a great job for not bowing down but standing up to politicians’ threats and handing in applications for land.
“I must congratulate the politicians for the threats, because they thought that their threats will keep the youth away but instead they just advertised our campaign for us,” he said.
Amupanda then called on politicians to 'stay in their lane', saying the youth have not done anything illegal and all they need is land.
He also stated that they will be engaging town councils to address the issue.
“If there is poverty of ideas, we are going to be providing them with ideas through this period of cooperation so that they speed up the process of how to address the land problem,' he said.
(NAMPA)
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