Kazapua calls for review of outdated Local Authority laws

30 Oct 2015 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 30 OCT (NAMPA) – Windhoek Mayor, Muesee Kazapua has called for the amendment of Local Authority regulation Acts that are outdated and no longer responsive to current demands.
Kazapua made the call in the presence of the Deputy Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sylvia Makgone here on Wednesday, when the title of ‘alderperson’ was conferred on long-serving Windhoek city councillors.
“We are now operating in difficult situations with outdated laws. You may agree with me that some of the provisions in the Local Authorities Act are no longer responsive to the demands of today,” he said.
Kazapua gave the example of the outdated Local Authorities Act 23 of 1992 that aims to “provide for the determination, for purposes of local government, of local authority councils; the establishment of such local authority councils; and to define the powers, duties and functions of local authority councils; and to provide for incidental matters”.
The mayor said there is need to change old laws in order to adapt to the prevailing operational environment.
Kazapua applauded Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa for her efforts in the massive national land delivery project and provision of housing to people in the low-income category.
The government and Affirmative Repositioning (AR) in August this year agreed to clear, survey and service land under the Massive Urban Land Servicing (MULS) project.
A total of 200 000 plots will be availed under this project in selected cities and towns countrywide.
During the two-day Conference on Wealth Redistribution and Poverty Eradication in Windhoek on Tuesday, the Chairperson of the Law Reform and Development Commission, Yvonne Dausab said the Commission has a ‘Laws Prohibiting Development’ project through which it has identified over 100 pieces of legislation that affect development by enhancing and participating in poverty, and in a way, does not help to eradicate poverty.
Dausab mentioned examples such as the Affirmative Action (Employment) Act 29 of 1998, which she said needs amendment to include broad-based black empowerment, and the Agricultural (Commercial) Land Reform Act 6 of 1995, which stipulates the willing-buyer-willing-seller approach that has not worked well in Namibia.