Geingob on land inspection at Oshakati

29 Jul 2015 09:30am
OSHAKATI, 29 JUL (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob said he was glad to learn that the Oshakati Town Council has a plan in place aimed at surveying, demarcating and servicing residential plots for landless Namibians.
He said this on Tuesday during his visit to Oshakati in the Oshana Region to see the residential plots which are available at the town.
The town’s chief executive officer (CEO), Werner Iita revealed during Geingob’s visit that his council has identified 6 171 plots and earmarked them for the development of residential erven.
These plots are at the newly-established Ehenye, Ompumbu and Onawa suburbs. Most of the available land is yet to be surveyed and serviced for housing development.
Geingob told journalists that his tenure is about bringing prosperity as stated in the Swapo election manifesto and, as such, he has declared war against poverty and hunger in the country.
He said his visit to Oshakati was to see how landless Namibians could be provided with proper shelter. This also applies to Windhoek and Walvis Bay, where he went for site visits on Monday and Tuesday morning, respectively.
Geingob indicated that he was highly impressed by the direction the local authorities are moving into in terms of the provision of land for housing purposes.
Regarding the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement’s demand for land to be made available for landless Namibians, Geingob said his administration is in agreement with the AR’s identification of the need for land.
“But we disagree with them (AR) on the modality which they wanted to use to acquire land,” the Head of State stated.
The AR movement, spearheaded by expelled Swapo Party youth leaders, Job Amupanda, Dimbulukeni Nauyoma and George Kambala, planned to lead the occupation of urban land without authorisation throughout the country by the 31st of this month. This plan has, however, been shelved following a meeting between the movement and Government last Friday, when the parties agreed on a number of issues with regard to land, in particular Government's promise to immediately embark upon servicing 200 000 plots countrywide.
“One person, one plot please,” the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa, who accompanied Geingob to Oshakati, demanded when she called on the leadership of Oshakati to refrain from allocating more than one plot to one person.
Oshana regional governor, Clemens Kashuupulwa and the mayor of Oshakati, Onesmus Shilunga also accompanied Geingob on his site visit.