CoW has 200 000 hectares of unserviced land: Kazapua

22 Jul 2015 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 22 JUL (NAMPA) – The City of Windhoek (CoW) has about 200 000 hectares of unserviced land available for landless residents, Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua says.
He said this during a consultative meeting with President Hage Geingob at State House on Wednesday.
The meeting took place in view of the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement’s threats that its members will occupy land if the government does not allocate plots to landless young Namibians by 31 July this year.
Kazapua told the Head of State that the City is currently facing financial problems and is thus waiting on central government to avail money for the servicing of land.
He said the City has received about 18 000 applications through the AR movement's mass applications submitted since November 2014, and the CoW has its own waiting list of about 26 000 applicants that goes back as far as 2004.
“We have acknowledged all the AR movement's applications. However, no special treatment will be given to these applicants,” he said.
Kazapua said the municipality will follow the sequence in which applications were received when land is allocated to landless people.
He noted that the CoW's waiting list has been verified and only some applicants qualified to acquire land and is able to put up residential structures.
The mayor was accompanied by CoW councillors, the CoW management team and the Chief of the City Police Abraham Kanime during his visit to State House.
Meanwhile, Geingob said there is need to engage the youth and find solutions on how to solve the land issue in Namibia.
He said the consultation with the mayor forms part of Government's preparation to come up with ways to solve the land problem.
Geingob noted that land and poverty are big problems in the country.
The president on Friday confirmed his willingness to engage the leadership of the AR movement.
The Head of State added that the issue of land needs to be addressed urgently, and thus called on the CoW councillors and management team to find available land and come up with ways how the government can assist them to allocate land to the landless.
Geingob said Government and all affected parties have to agree on a modality to deliver land to all Namibians in a procedural manner.
Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa; Minister of Safety and Security Charles Namoloh; Minister of Justice Albert Kawana, and Minister of Land Reform Utoni Nujoma attended Wednesday’s meeting.
Geingob will also meet with leaders of trade unions to discuss the land issue on Thursday.