AR to establish branches at tertiary institutions

03 Dec 2015 14:30pm


The Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement plans to next year establish branches at all institutions of higher learning countrywide to mobilise students on issues affecting them.

The announcement was made at a media conference here on Wednesday following the 'Evaluation Summit' the movement had at the weekend in Windhoek.

Land activist George Kambala, one of the founders of the movement, told reporters that the conference resolved that AR will establish branches at all institutions of higher learning to amongst others fight for student housing.

He said students as young as 18 years old are forced to rent and be head of households at a younger age.

The branches will be established over a period of six months and will engage with such institutions? student governance structures to fight for issues affecting students.

"The majority of students at several higher learning campuses stay off-campus. This leaves students as young as 17 and 18 to sleep in shacks and garages," said Kambala.

The movement conducted an assessment at various institutions of higher learning in Windhoek, which concluded that there is a need to establish branches of the movement. This resolution, 'Resolution AR ES 092015', forms part of 12 resolutions adopted at the summit.

AR co-founder, Job Amupanda said the branches will fight to ensure that at least 50 per cent of student population is accommodated on the campuses where they are furthering their studies.

"We want radical students to confront management and student representative councils on these issues. It's not our struggle alone, it?s for your children as well," said Amupanda.

Another resolution that was adopted was 'AR ES 032015', which deals with the character and interpretation of the 24 July 2015 agreement with Government to respond to the AR Housing Charter 31. The charter forms the basis of dialogue between the movement and Government, and contains short and long-term solutions to the land question.

The Charter says improving the housing problem will require combined effort from the government; regional administrators; private sector and the youth volunteers to tackle housing development in Namibia.

The AR movement threatened to occupy land if the government does not allocate plots to landless young Namibians by 31 July this year. Under AR leadership, about 50 000 applications for land were submitted by landless youth to local authorities and municipalities countrywide.