Swapo will "blackmail" those selling land to foreigners

12 Jan 2014 12:00pm
OUTAPI, 12 JAN (NAMPA) – The Swapo-Party in the Omusati Region will “blackmail” local business personalities who sell Namibian land to foreigners.
Coordinator of the Swapo-Party in that region, Erkki Endjala said this during a business function of the Outapi Town Council held here on Thursday evening.
He alleged that some Namibian personalities applied for plots in towns under the pretext to establishing business buildings, just to end up exchanging such plots for money from foreign investors.
“Namibian land is not for sale. We are going to make sure that any businessperson who will be found guilty of selling our land to foreigners, will be blackmailed and never be given land in our towns anymore,” he stated.
These businesspeople, Endjala said, are busy selling Namibian land to foreign nationals at the expense of landless Namibians.
The Swapo-Party Omusati regional coordinator described those who are allegedly selling land to foreigners as unpatriotic Namibians, adding that their dubious selling of land to foreigners is a betrayal to patriotic Namibians who sacrificed their lives for the independence of the country.
“Namibia’s independence did not come from a silver platter, many brothers and sisters perished because of this land, but today we are betraying their precious blood by selling the land to foreigners in exchange for money,” Endjala charged.
He believes the grandchildren of Namibia will be without land and will live as slaves in their own land if the trend of selling land to foreigners is left unchallenged.
Endjala also expressed concern over local companies that are now renting business spaces at the newly-built foreign-owned Outapi Times Square after deserting Namibian-owned business complexes, where they had been hiring business space over the past years.
The Outapi Times Square shopping complex was one of the business entities that the Outapi Town Council awarded certificates in recognition of their contribution towards the development of the town.
Outai mayor Matheus Ndeshitila handed over the certificates during the same business function.