Land issue on Geingob's lap

July 24, 2015, 7:19am

Land issue on Geingob's lap

By Tuyeimo Haidula

SWAPO'S Central Committee yesterday said land grabbing is not a party issue but that of government.
During the CC meeting which was held at Parliament buildings, the party's Politburo presented a report which stated that efforts to engage leaders of the Affirmative Repositioning have officially come to an end and that the government should continue with the discussions. 
The land activists met a ministerial committee comprising home affairs minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, justice minister Albert Kawana, minister of land reform Utoni Nujoma and attorney general Sacky Shanghala last week to try and find an amicable solution to the crisis.
The Affirmative Repositioning movement was initiated by Job Amupanda, George Kambala and Dimbulukeni Nauyoma to “help Namibians regain the dignity they have lost through their current living conditions.”
The Politburo resolved that apart from the discontinued communication with the trio and their expulsion frtom the party, together with Swapo Party Youth League secretary Elijah Ngurare, government should accelerate the implementation of the programmes aimed at addressing the land delivery to the people. 
Echoing the sentiments of rural and urban development minister Sophia Shaningwa, the Politburo called on the people to remain calm and allow the government sufficient time to address the land question in line with the Constitution and laws of the country.
President Hage Geingob is scheduled to meet the AR trio at State House today. 
Opening the CC meeting yesterday, Geingob reiterated government's readiness to listen to the group's grievances and their advice, adding that “we will advise them on how to hold hands and move together to avoid bloodshed. War is not an easy thing for a country as peaceful as ours”.
Geingob said it was easy for those who did not take part in the liberation struggle to destroy the peace that the country enjoys because they do not know the trouble other people had to go through.
“It is easy to destroy what you did not build but when you were involved in the struggle it is not easy to say, to hell,” he said. In his speech that his office gave to the press at the CC opening, Geingob said: “Yes we know the youth want land. Their need for land is genuine but I caution that as President, who has sworn to uphold the Constitution of Namibia, I must ensure that the values in the Constitution are upheld.” The President said acquiring land by force is not an option. 
“One member cannot grab another member's food or blanket. As a father of the house, if I allow such things to take place then eventually no one in the house will eat and no one in the house will sleep,” Geingob said.
According to him “there is no need to fight. Fighting only takes place when there is a democratic vacuum, where there is no democratic dispensation” and he has only been in office for three months and not five years.
He also reminded members of the Swapo CC that the party should have less internal squabbles to address the nation's plight better.“We face a host of challenges in the country. The people are looking at us with expectant hearts. Therefore, let us not forget that our party has always and continues to remain fully committed to improve the quality of life of all Namibians. Let us therefore put aside any distractions and keep focus on the goal,” he said.

The Namibian