DTA supports Amupanda

WINDHOEK; The DTA of Namibia has put its weight behind former Swapo youth leader, Job Amupanda in his ‘Affirmative Repositioning’ of land action.

DTA president McHenry Venaani said in a media statement issued on Tuesday that unaffordable property prices and overwhelming lack of serviced land prevents ordinary Namibians from access to land.

The “Affirmative Repositioning” attempt refers to Amupanda and two other Namibian youth (George Kambala and Dimbulukeni Nauyoma)’s recent ‘land grabbing’ in Windhoek’s Kleine Kuppe residential area.

Amupanda did so in his personal capacity, and shortly afterwards resigned as the Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) Secretary for Information, Publicity and Mobilisation. He has since been suspended by senior party officials from all party activities.

Venaani further said the City Council has manipulated access to land for political purposes.

He added that the City of Windhoek (CoW) has been awarding land to the country’s political elite and those connected to it, often at massively discounted prices and through dubious and non-transparent procedures, while others are forced to pay market-related prices.

Venaani said the development of a policy on the sale of land to national leaders by the Windhoek Municipality is nothing short of institutionalised discrimination.

“As such, the local authority has created a dual system whereby access to land is granted, one for special citizens and politically-connected individuals and another, much more inefficient and bureaucratic, for ordinary members of the public,” he said.

The CoW has refused to address the plight of ordinary people living in Windhoek who are simply unable to afford property at current prices, said Venaani.

“The sale of land is the only means of revenue generation for the Windhoek Municipality and therefore the local authority has decided to squeeze the city’s residents for all they have in the sale of land, with the end result that many Namibians are unable to afford land and housing,” he added.

The DTA believes that where the system is used for the benefit of an individual or a small group of individuals at the expense of the majority, considering Namibia’s past, the system itself becomes unjust and illegitimate.

The opposition party stands firm in the assertion that while Amupanda’s actions may have been illegal, they are nevertheless legitimate.

The party believes that the Windhoek Municipality must be held responsible, because if it had been serving the needs and interests of the residents of Windhoek, instead of their own and that of their political masters, there would have been no need for land-grabbing.