No land for foreigners: SPYL’s Kavango leadership

RUNDU: The Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) leadership in the Kavango East Region says land should not be given to foreign nationals, and Namibians should be given priority when land is allocated.

SPYL mobiliser for the Kavango East Region, Petrus Kashumali fingered the Rundu Town Council, saying if it does not give residents land it will be a “huge betrayal to the electorate”.

In a media statement issued on Tuesday, Kashumali said youth empowerment must be practical and not only theoretical.

“We, the youth want to own property, especially land. We call on our town councillors (in Rundu) to heed this call. We need land now!” he stressed.

The Rundu Town Council made news in recent years, especially regarding the alleged dubious acquisition of land in this town.

In July 2011, some Rundu town councillors were accused of receiving kickbacks after they travelled to China on an all-expenses-paid trip sponsored by Chinese investor Stina Wu.

The trip and subsequent awarding of prime land to that Chinese national at the town raised eyebrows amongst residents and local property developers, who accused the town council’s management of favouring foreign investors at the expense of locals.

The councillors, however, denied that the trip was a bribe.

Meanwhile, the SPYL leadership congratulated Johanna Ngondo on her recent promotion from Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Inspector to the position of Regional Commander for the Kavango East Region

They called on other sectors of Government to emulate the “visionary appointment” of young people into positions of responsibility.

The SPYL’s Kavango East leadership also called on the Ministry of Education to continue building classrooms in light of the fact that universal free primary education has now been rolled out, which had led to an increase in learner numbers.

“No teacher should teach under trees or in traditional hut structures,” it said.

Free primary education was introduced by the Ministry of Education at the beginning of last year.