AR and Government agreement a milestone: Nudo

27 Jul 2015 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 27 JUL (NAMPA) – The National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) has described the agreement reached by Government and the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement as a milestone.
The AR and Government agreed on Friday to service 200 000 plots countrywide.
The agreement diffused the tense situation that was building up in the country ahead of the 31 July deadline set by the AR for local authorities to allocate land to the 50 000 landless Namibians who had submitted their applications in the mass land applications of November 2014 and February 2015.
In a statement issued on Monday, Nudo presidential spokesperson Joseph Kauandenge said the agreement reached is a milestone, adding that “highly inflated egos have replaced with humility, common sense and willingness for dialogue”.
However, Kauandenge cautioned Government that now is the time for them to fast-track development programmes that have been “sitting idle for too long now and are collecting dust.”
“If the desire to serve is there, no more should this nation be held hostage like it was by the AR or any other agency for that matter, just because Government failed to have the foresight of issues affecting its own citizens,” he said.
“This Government’s action and relevance should not be measured in terms of how much pressure must be brought against it for it to start implementing developmental programmes, but it should be measured by the length to which Government will go to address pertinent issues affecting the people of this country,” he said.
Kauandenge said there are many problems confronting the people of Namibia, amongst them the high unemployment rate especially amongst young people.
“While Government pleads insufficient funds on one hand, we see, smell and hear of wasteful spending and enrichments of some heavy top earners. Our question is how long before the youth start demanding employment?
“How long before those with degrees start demanding employment? How long before those who have to fork out thousands every month for basic services like water and electricity demand better tariffs?” he questioned.
He then called on the government to be pro-active rather than reactive to issues that affect Namibians.
The Namibian nation and Government were on the edge over the past few weeks as the 31 July deadline drew closer and law enforcement agencies convened to discuss a plan of action should members of the youth forcefully occupy land in support of the AR. All that tension has now subsided after the agreement to service plots countrywide on Friday. The AR on Sunday issued a statement suspending the land occupation.