Otjozondjupa SPYL leader demands equal land distribution

03 Dec 2013 12:00pm
OTJIWARONGO, 03 DEC (NAMPA) – The Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL)’s branch leader for the Nesto Mungandjela branch in the Otjiwarongo Constituency has called on Government to equally distribute land to all Namibians.
Alfeus Kamati said during a Swapo-Party rally held at the Mokati Sports Stadium at Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region on Sunday afternoon that it saddens him to see the majority of Namibian people still squeezed in communal land after 23 years of independence.
“I call upon my fellow Youth League members countrywide to ensure that we don’t become adults and still be unable to have our land back in our hands, and to explore its resources ourselves,” he urged.
Kamati said the liberation struggle of Namibia was aimed at achieving political independence from the apartheid South African government, and also to have the land given back to its owners.
The Namibian people will only start to enjoy the total independence of the country once they have their land back, he added.
The 19-year-old Kamati furthermore expressed shock at the fact that the majority of the liberation struggle martyrs who are still alive, still do not have land they can call theirs.
Most of these freedom fighters are thus forced by the situation to squeeze themselves into the barren, mountainous land or being resettled in communal areas by Government, yet the entire country remained fenced-off as private commercial farms.
“Our parents are still without land, and they are poor. I call on the government to equally distribute land because that is the reason why our founding fathers had taken up guns to fight the enemy which grabbed their land,” Kamati charged.
He then called on the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement to relook its policy of willing-buyer willing-seller as regards land, which he said had failed the nation badly.
The Minister of Defence, Nahas Angula, who is also the chairperson of the Swapo-Party national leaders assigned to the Otjozondjupa Region, was present at this rally.
Angula thanked Kamati for his remarks, saying it reminds the current lawmakers in parliament of the unfinished business of equal land distribution.
“I thank you for reminding us about the unfair distribution of land in this country,” he stated.
Swapo-Party Chief Whip, Professor Peter Katjavivi; Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Samuel Nuuyoma; and Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Tjekero Tweya were some of those who also attended the rally.