Government confirms meeting AR leadership

16 Jul 2015 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 16 JUL (NAMPA) - The government has confirmed meeting the leadership of the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement to discuss the government's position on delivering land to its people.
Urban and Rural Development Minister Shophia Shaningwa said this on the side-line of a meeting between herself, Council of Traditional Leaders and Vice-President Dr Nickey Iyambo on the burning land issue in the country.
Shaningwa said the AR leadership - Job Amupanda, George Kambala and Dimbulukeni Nauyoma - have agreed to give the government time to discuss and come up with amicable solutions on the land issue.
She said she had requested the State to help her make land affordable, by first servicing land and then providing it to the public in the procedural way.
“I do not want people to continue grabbing land without municipal services for them to start helping themselves (relieving) in plastic bags during the night and throw it away in riverbeds,” Shaningwa said.
The AR movement has threatened to occupy land if the government does not allocate landless Namibians plots by 31 July 2015.
She said the land issue is not new; the issue started way back with Founding President Sam Nujoma and passed on to previous president Hifikepunye Pohamba, and is now with incumbent president Hage Geingob.
Shaningwa called on all local authorities in the country to allocate one plot per person.
Earlier this week, Attorney-General Sakeus Shanghala asked for the names of all people who applied for land under the AR in order to advise the president and Government, including security agents and law-enforcement units.