14 000 Submit Land Applications

THE call for land by suspended Swapo youth leader Job Amupanda under the banner of Affirmative Repositioning saw more than 14 000 applications submitted to the Windhoek municipality on Friday.

Amupanda said they will give the municipality until July 2015 to process the applications.

“We had set a target of 2 000 applications but got 14 059. We expected just 2 000 youth but we got more. Young and old, police officers, lawyers, soldiers, journalists and many young professionals. Their message is that we are tired of being told about benefits for the elite,” he said.

Amupanda said the youth want land and that it is not about him and his friends.

“This is only the beginning. It just started. We will get the land either through procedures or we will help ourselves,” he said, applauding the municipality chief executive officer Niilo Taapopi, head of property management, Elly Shipiki and the spokesperson, Joshua Amukugo for their support.

Amukugo, who told the thousands of applicants to hand in applications forms with copies of their identity cards, said the municipality would accept all the applications and respond in due course.

“We are going to accept and record them in our books. You will be informed through the contact details you have provided in due course,”Amukugo said, without saying how long it will take to respond.

The Namibian could not establish how many land applications currently sit with the City of Windhoek.

Affirmative Repositioning is the brainchild of Amupanda and two other youth leaders – George Kambala and Dimbulukeni Nauyoma – who allocated themselves land in Kleine Kuppe about two weeks ago, saying they were tired of paying high rentals.

They were also responding to reports of how the Windhoek municipality was giving out land to councillors, their children and ‘special’ members of society.

Although mayor Agnes Kafula was not present on Friday, the huge crowd came chanting “Down Kafula, down. We want land!” and “We are also special”. One of the many posters read: “Just land to live on”.

Kandali Shikongo, one of those who turned up, said she was supporting her friend since she already has a house.

“I am glad that the youth came out so that government can see there is a problem that needs to be addressed. I hope this won’t be ignored and government finds a solution as a matter of urgency,” Shikongo said.

Another youth, Johannes Nghipitwako (30), from Greenwell Matongo said he was tired of paying unreasonably high rent. “At the end of the day after paying rent, I don’t even have money for bread,” lamented Nghipitwako, who pays N$2 500 per month.

Mweeshendelapo Paulus (27), who stays in Auspanplatz, says she wants nothing more than a house to call home.

“I want land in Kleine Kuppe on top of a mountain,” she said, adding that her current rent per month is N$3 000 in a shared flat.

Lahja Haidulua (27) said Windhoek landlords are ripping them off. “I stay in an inside room in Dorado Valley. I pay N$2 500. The elite are already well-off yet they are the ones owning land and then leasing it to us at ridiculous prices.”

George Mapena said he would rather pay so much for his own property than make someone else rich. “I pay a lot of money staying in someone else’s house when I can spend that paying for my own.”

A mother of two, Veronica Ainima, said she came to hand in applications on behalf of her children.

“I have land but my children need land. That is why I stand up to support the youth. Our leaders should learn how to share and avoid being greedy,” Ainima said.

Ainima, however, said she would vote for Swapo despite the poor service delivery.

“I am going to vote for continuity. Hage (Geingob) should know that we are going to vote for him under conditions that he corrects all the mistakes. We acknowledged that there is development here and there but there is still more to be done,” Ainima said.

Source : The Namibian