Swapo politburo concerned over negative impression on land

04 Mar 2015 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 04 MAR (NAMPA) – The Swapo Political Bureau has expressed concern over the impression being created that government has been reluctant to address land issues.
Secretary General (SG) of Swapo party, Nangolo Mbumba, made the statement at a media conference on Tuesday following a meeting of politburo members on Monday.
The politburo's concerns come after a mass land-application spearheaded by suspended Swapo Party Youth League leader Job Amupanda took place throughout the country last Friday.
“An impression is being created that government has been reluctant to address the issues related to the availability and provision of housing and serviced residential plots. However we know that the contrary is true,” he said.
Mbumba explained that programmes have been in place to address land redistribution for many years and that last year the Politburo established a special committee to investigate additional measures of dealing with the land issue.
He further explained that government bought millions of hectares of commercial land and resettled hundreds of families on those farming units.
“Steps have been taken to bring about speedier delivery of serviced urban land and addressing of issues surrounding high prices for the rental of accommodation and related matters,” he said.
The people of this country, he noted, should thus not fall victim to the perception being rolled out across the country that government does not want to give land to the landless.