Spare a thought for the unemployed
Since last week, mass land clearing started in Windhoek and the towns of Walvis Bay and Oshakati with much enthusiasm for the bulk of those involved especially the youth.
There seem to be a belief that has filtered among those less fortunate Namibians that are not in the high earning bracket, that the time has finally come for them to own houses of their own.
It is a feeling that will drive a country to the prosperity level never experienced. Perhaps the only other African country to have felt such a sense of fulfilment would be Libya under the reign of deceased strong man Muamar Gadhafi.
It still remains as the only country that managed to vanquish homelessness and made sure that every Libyan had a house. Those that could not afford were provided for by the Government through heavy subsidies.
Amid all this pomp and fanfare about a new sense of belonging from prospective home owners one wonders where it leaves that informal trader who sells Kapana at single quarters, or that poor meme who sells traditional bread and fat cake at Tokundjeni market in the heart of Katutura.
Are these unemployed Namibians not left out of the excitement that has seen all the others believing they would own houses. The plan of course is to service as much land as possible and make sure that people are allowed to build at their own pace.
This is a good plan on hand but how many of those informal traders and unemployed Namibians will afford to build for themselves without initiatives like build together. These are the lot that cannot get a loan to buy building implements from the bank because they do not have the collateral. These are the folk that do not know where their next income will come from tomorrow. Nevertheless they are also Namibians and will need to be catered for with decent accommodation just like any other Namibian who can afford loans and be able to build.
One wonders whether Government is also taking heed that there is quite a good number of this lot that faces difficulties surviving on a daily basis. In fact coming closer to reality this is the lot that would be the first to join a queue to vote the next time a time to cast the ballot comes.
There is need for a definite look at the unfortunate lot that might not be in any formal employment and might not have a decent income but for the mere fact that they are also Namibians they do not deserve to be left out when that time comes when every Namibian owns a home.
In the midst of the newly found fame within Government and Affirmative Repositioning there should never be a day that this lot that lives under the most difficult circumstances of life should be left out in a the quest to provide accommodation. If Government is to subsidise land and servicing for the middle class and the bulk of the youth there is definitely need to further subsidise or even take the full burden of those that are in the unemployment bracket because that is just a situation they are in and does not make them less Namibian than anyone else.