City of Windhoek land delivery briefing cancelled

WINDHOEK: The much-anticipated media briefing by the City of Windhoek on land delivery has been cancelled for the second time this week, without any valid reason provided to local media houses.

The public has been waiting to hear what the City of Windhoek’s position is on land-grabbing and the sale of land in the capital to members of the elite and politically well-connected personalities at reduced prices.

“Please take note that the media briefing scheduled for tomorrow, 11 November 2014, has been cancelled.

My apology for any inconvenience caused,” the City’s Public Relations’ Officer Lydia Amutenya said in an email sent to Nampa on Monday.

It was recently reported that City of Windhoek councillors under the leadership of Windhoek mayor Agnes Kafula asked that the City’s Management Council ‘urgently’ avails a prime plot worth N.dollars 1 million in the Kleine Kuppe residential area to Big Brother 2013 winner Dillish Mathews at a low price.

Kafula’s son David Kafula also managed to acquire a prime plot in Windhoek valued at N.dollars 5.7 million through a company he formed last year.

Meanwhile, the City recently demolished about seven incomplete shacks of poor families for illegally occupying land at Agste Laan in the Otjomuise residential area.

On Sunday, Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) spokesperson Job Amupanda and three colleagues hit newspaper headlines when they allegedly took the law into their own hands, and occupied a piece of land in Kleine Kuppe.

Reacting to the illegal land-grabbing and the availing of land to members of the elite, Swanu of Namibia president Usutuaije Maamberua on Friday called for the removal of Kafula from the mayoral position and from the Swapo-Party list with immediate effect.

Maamberua told this news agency that the recent appearances of Kafula in local media for all the wrong reasons do not give the public a good impression of her as a future Member of Parliament.

She is ranked fourth on the Swapo-Party list for the National Assembly.

SOURCE: NAMPA