AR to petition new parliament building

12 Apr 2016 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 12 APR (NAMPA) – The Affirmative Repositioning (AR) land activists will in June this year mobilise landless young Namibians to petition against the planned construction of a new parliament building.
Speaking at a media briefing here on Tuesday, AR land activist Dimbulukeni Nauyoma said about 5 000 landless Namibians are expected and will on 16 June 2016 hand over a petition to the Speaker of the National Assembly (NA) Peter Katjavivi at Parliament Gardens to stop with what he called non-priority plans.
Government is planning to construct a new parliament building at a cost of N.dollars 2.2 billion but that, according to Nauyoma, is not in the public’s interest and could be considered as incorrect expenditure.
“There has been much of a public outcry regarding the new parliament. It has emerged clearly that the competition of resources is negatively impacting the struggle for housing. It is thus important that resources are used optimally and in correct expenditure,” Nauyoma said.
He explained that the N.dollars 2.2 billion new parliament building is not a priority or an urgent matter, unlike servicing land in response to Namibia’s lack of housing for the people who cannot afford the basic right to a domain.
Nauyoma said he calculated that the money would be able to service about 25 000 plots in addition to the 26 000 plots suggested in the Harambee Prosperity Plan (2016/17 to 2019/20).
Launched by President Hage Geingob as Government’s goals of development during his time in office, the HPP plans to construct 20 000 houses and service 26 000 plots over the period of four years.
“For Namibia, a choice between a new building for 200 politicians and 25 000 plots is obvious. We are convinced that Parliament will be on the side of the 25 000 plots instead of the narrow comfort of 200 politicians,” he noted.
Katjavivi earlier this year explained the increase in the cost of construction of the new building for Parliament and the National Council (NC) saying, the N.dollars 640 million building was in 2014 initially expected to only accommodate Parliament but now must also accommodate the NC, while the weakening of the local currency to the US dollars also translates into bigger expenditure because the building’s construction is to involve various international suppliers.