LAC calls for urgent resolve on land issue

21 Jul 2015 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 21 JUL (NAMPA) – The Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) has urged Government to address the land issue, as well as the alleged corruption in access to land with a real urgency.
LAC Director, Toni Hancox raised the concern in a media statement issued on Monday.
Hancox said the pronouncement made by the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement that land should be allocated to applicants by 31 July 2015 could create unwarranted confrontation with police and defence forces.
“The LAC therefore calls upon our President Hage Geingob to personally enter the fray and communicate what plans are put in place to address the housing problem. We believe that this will indicate that government’s response to the AR movement is not to batten down the hatches and dig their heels in, but rather to face the situation head-on with acknowledgement of the problem and with relevant plans considered and in place.
“The potential that this dire need of a large portion of our society has to create an explosive confrontation with security forces should not be underestimated.” she said.
The LAC warned that such actions will negatively affect international investment in Namibia, as well as the political and economic stability enjoyed in the country, adding that nothing good will come out of confrontations regarding the land issue.
Hancox noted however that the public's frustration about the lack of meaningful progress on land issues and signs of corruption in access to land is understandable, and as such urged government to address these concerns by lawful means and with real urgency.
The legal institution also called on the AR movement to think carefully about their planned actions come 31 July, as land cannot be taken without the due process of the law.
“At the same time, we call upon the landless and the AR movement to consider seriously how their actions can move Namibia to a place where it has not been since independence, a place of wholesale civil unrest and strife. Let us not go back to a place that is still a very real part of Namibian memory.” Hancox added.