AR gets better deal from Govt.: Amupanda

27 Jul 2015 08:20am
WINDHOEK, 27 JUL (NAMPA) – The Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement says it got a “better historic deal” from Government, following an agreement to have 200 000 plots serviced with immediate effect.
In a media statement issued on Sunday, AR leader Job Amupanda said the efforts of the movement were very successful.
The AR, last year November gave the government until 31 July 2015 to allocate land to all landless Namibians, or else face a mass land grab.
This mass land grab was, however, averted on Friday after a meeting between the movement and Government, led by President Hage Geingob, agreed on numerous issues in view of land.
“It is for this reason that we conclude that we have negotiated a better deal for the Namibian youth and the country.
“AR has launched 50 000 applications and negotiating a commitment of 200 000 plots is a 100 per cent achievement for AR applicants because their hopes of getting a home is now clear and in their reach,” he stated.
As agreed between the AR and Government, land clearing is scheduled to take place as from Wednesday this week until 05 August 2015, commencing in the capital, Oshakati and Walvis Bay.
Amupanda stated that the AR Housing Charter 31, which forms the basis of dialogue between the movement and Government, concluded that there is need for radical policy shift and decisions on the part of the State to actively deal with the issue of land and housing.
“The radical policy shift and decision was agreed, and in the words of the president decent shelter is indeed part of his ‘New Namibia and New Africa vision’, particularly in line with the ‘war declared against poverty’,” said Amupanda.
The AR Housing Charter 31 contains short- and long-term solutions to the land question. This document will be made available as from Monday to the land activists, interested parties and members of the public.
He said general consensus was reached that the country is not gaining any returns from the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) for the purpose it was established, while it was further agreed that the property market will be regulated in the same manner such as electricity and the petroleum industry.
The parties also decided that people living in communal land will get title deeds for their farms, which will be done through the amendments and creation of relevant laws.
A property and housing board was proposed, which will control house prices. “While this is a long-term investment, it was further agreed that interim measures will be taken to look at the provisions and powers of the Rent Ordinance 13 of 1977,” read the AR statement.
It was also agreed that a State-owned institution be established to provide housing loans to Namibians at affordable prices, due to the fact that the current housing finance is 90 per cent left in the hands of private banks, according to Amupanda.
The charter proposed that there is a need to establish a Land Servicing Board whose purpose is to service land and make it available.
“As such, an institution to service land nationally needs to be established with internal expertise to perform this function. Although general consensus was established in the need to deal with the issue of servicing land, there is a need for further dialogue on modalities as it relates to decentralisation and related implications,” he said.
Amupanda said Namibia has good policies but implementations are problematic, thus a technical committee has been established to sort out the details and practical way forward 'giving meat' to the resolutions. The AR will have representatives in this committee (s), without payment, to ensure that all the resolutions are implemented.
“Our president has noticed that the country needs to decisively move in a direction that will deliver practical results and Namibians, especially the youth, are not opposed to his vision and are willing to assist him,” Amupanda added.