Government and AR agree to service 200 000 plots countrywide

24 Jul 2015 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JUL (NAMPA) – The government will immediately embark on a nationwide project to service 200 000 plots countrywide, it was decided on Friday.
This was one of the resolutions taken at a meeting between members of the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement and representatives of the government. The meeting was chaired by President Hage Geingob.
Friday’s meeting follows threats by the AR movement that landless Namibians would occupy land if their demands were not met by 31 July.
In February this year, the AR movement set the government a deadline of 31 July 2015 to respond to about 50 000 land applications submitted by landless youth to local authorities and municipalities countrywide.
Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila on Friday read a joint statement after a six-hour closed-door meeting at State House.
The statement said the two parties have agreed that the pilot project will start with the servicing of identified land in Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Oshakati.
The project which will involve the servicing of urban land and land allocation is in line with the war on poverty as declared by President Geingob during his inauguration in March this year and during the 2015 State of Nation address in April 2015.
The meeting also resolved that the period between 29 July and 05 August 2015 will be dedicated to a nationwide clearance of identified urban land.
The cleared urban land will be serviced and is for future allocation.
“Under the massive urban land servicing project, Namibians will be called upon to voluntarily participate in servicing identified urban land for future allocation,” it said.
To that effect, a technical committee will be established to work out all the modalities of the massive urban land servicing project.
Addressing the media after their deliberations, Geingob described the meeting as peaceful and friendly and thanked the AR representatives for being polite and well-behaved during the meeting.
“I did not see any insult as expected by some of you,” he said.
The meeting was attended by seven land activists including AR leaders Job Amupanda, Dimbulukeni Nauyoma and George Kambala; and two unidentified private lawyers.
Approached for comment after the meeting, Amupanda would not say much, only saying the meeting went very well and was successful, but there is still more work to done.
Vice President Nickey Iyambo; Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa; Minister of Justice Albert Kawana; Minister of Land Reform Utoni Nujoma; Minister in the Presidency Frans Kapofi; Minister of Safety and Security Charles Namoloh and the Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force, Sebastian Ndeitunga also attended the gathering.