Attorney-General wants landless applicants’ names

14 Jul 2015 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 14 JUL (NAMPA) – Attorney-General, Sakeus Shanghala has requested the names of all people who applied for land under the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement.
Shanghala said this in a letter addressed to all regional governors and local authorities in Namibia, titled 'Urgent request for names of the applicants in the mass application of land made under the Affirmative Repossession movement and Local Authority by-Law'.
This letter is in possession of this news agency.
The AR movement under the leadership of land activists - Job Amupanda, George Kambala and Dimbulukeni Nauyoma - has threatened to occupy land in the country if Government does not allocate landless Namibians plots by 31 July 2015.
“As you are aware, the Affirmative Repositioning movement has set 31 July 2015 as the date upon which they will occupy land throughout Namibia. The example of Katima Mulilo educates to be prepared,” said Shanghala.
The Katima Mulilo Town Council (KMTC) has promised to avail 1 000 plots to landless members of the Lwayaha group between July and September 2015.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the local authority and the Lwayaha group comes just weeks after members of the group, which is made up of 5 000 young, middle-aged and old landless people, protested and clashed with the entire KMTC staff, including its chief executive officer (CEO) Charles Nawa and Katima Mulilo Mayor Charles Matengu in demands for plots to build houses.
Shanghala explained that the names of land applicants under the AR movement are needed to advise President Hage Geingob and Government, including security agents and law-enforcement units.
He urged regional governors as political heads of regions and in line with their functions under Article 110A of the Namibian Constitution to lead the local authorities in providing the lists of applicants by Wednesday this week.
“Honourable Governors, I trust that the request will receive your urgent attention. Please receive the assurance of my highest esteem,” said Shanghala in the letter.
Over 50 000 landless Namibians had submitted applications for land to their village and town councils in the country by the end of February this year.