AR welcomes Geingob's willingness to engage on land

20 Jul 2015 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 20 JUL (NAMPA) - The leadership of the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement has welcomed Government's willingness to engage them on the issue of land and housing for landless Namibians.
The Office of the President in a statement on Friday reaffirmed its willingness to engage the AR leaders, with President Hage Geingob indicating that the actions taken by the Swapo-Party Politburo to expel the AR members due to ill-discipline have no bearing on Government’s position to engage the movement on the pressing land and decent shelter issue in Namibia.
The politburo on Friday recommended to the party’s Central Committee that Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) Secretary-General (SG) Elijah Ngurare and the three suspended league members who now lead the AR movement be expelled.
The recommendation for the expulsion of Job Amupanda; Dimbulukweni Nauyoma; George Kambala and Ngurare was announced by Swapo SG Nangolo Mbumba during a media briefing.
Local English daily the Namibian reported on Saturday that the four have since received letters informing them that they are expelled with immediate effect.
Mbumba confirmed in the article that he issued the letters, saying they had to be given something so they can be aware that they cannot participate in party activities until the Central Committee decides otherwise.
In reaction to Geingob's statement, Amupanda said in a statement availed to Nampa on Monday the leadership of the movement welcomes Government's willingness to engage them.
“This is a welcome development and is in line with what we have repeatedly stated over the past nine months - that we are willing to engage all parties between 31 July 2015 and 21 November 2015.
“To that effect, we wish to make public that we have written a letter to the President of the Republic, Dr Hage Geingob, reacting to his statement, and indicating to him that we welcome his statement and we are willing to engage and dialogue with a view to find a solution - housing for the landless people,” he said.
The AR movement has threatened to occupy land if Government does not allocate landless Namibians plots by 31 July 2015.
According to Amupanda, with 11 days left to that date, AR land activists remain determined to occupy land for residential purposes.
He also said they have taken note of alleged intimidation by the Chief of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Sebastian Ndeitunga.
Ndeitunga has described the movement’s plans as organised crime, and said they will face the full wrath of the police force if they go ahead.
“We have further taken note of the statement made by Attorney-General Sakeus Shanghala and the broadcasts aired on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) television and radio, and other politicians who have made it their business to prevent us from getting houses like them preferring instead for us to keep renting from them,” said Amupanda.
Shanghala has requested the names of all people who applied for land under the movement.
Amupanda went on to say “We cannot keep living like slaves in our own country. We will be our own liberators. We remain unshaken and determined. We refuse to be intimidated. We are ready for anything, jail or death, we will occupy land. This struggle will not be suppressed. No surrender, no retreat.”
Geingob on Friday also called on the AR movement, its leaders and its supporters to exercise their rights in a manner that shows understanding of the rights of others and the duties of the State.