12 Jun 2016 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 12 JUN (NAMPA) The planned demonstration against the proposed new parliament will start at the Katutura Multi-purpose Youth Centre at 09h00 on Thursday, the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement says.
The demonstrators will then proceed to Snyman Circle in the central business district, AR leader Job Amupanda said at a media briefing on Sunday.
Amupanda said various consultations with the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) on Friday necessitated the change of plan.
We are not just confined to land but on issues on that reflect economic freedom as well and by the way, this will be last time that they tell us where to go and where not to go when we have our demonstrations, he said.
Amupanda noted that they were given two options by the police.
We either had to choose Snyman Circle or some dirty and dusty place at Wernhill Park, so we opted for Snyman Circle, but if [Peter] Katjavivi does not attend to us, we will proceed and go to Parliament and no one will stop us, said AR member Bernadine Johannes.
Speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi is expected to receive the AR petition.
Amupanda also noted that their demonstrations are not necessarily based on the exorbitant amount of money to be spent on the construction of the proposed building valued at N.dollars 2.4 billion, but on economic freedom.
Meanwhile, AR leader Dimbulukeni Nauyoma revealed that they plan on having a public dialogue on the proposed new building and other social issues and an annual commemoration of the Soweto uprising in co-relation with the demonstrations, on 16 June.
The Soweto uprising was a series of protests led by high school students in South Africa that began on the morning of 16 June 1976.
We will never go back to the Soweto uprising, it will never happen again but we have to make it meaningful for us. In fact, we have to commemorate that day and what that day means to us. We have to make it meaningful in our lives as young people, said Nauyoma.
Nauyoma also added that they will have a live screening of popular South African movie Sarafina for inspiration ahead of Thursdays demonstration.