By Patience Nyangove
THE Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa has approved the sale of three plots in Henties Bay to the Affirmative Repositioning Movement (AR) trio of Job Amupanda, Dimbulukeni Nauyoma and George Kambala.
The trio had applied for the plots in November 2014 under a mass land application exercise the AR movement organised for the youth to apply for land at local authorities across the country.
The Henties Bay municipality early last year wrote letters offering the three together with 118 others plots in the coastal town. The three had accepted the offers and had been waiting for the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development to pronounce itself on the sale.
Documents at hand show that Shaningwa approved the sale of erf 2992, measuring 759 square metres at a cost of N$265 300 for Amupanda, erf 2973 measuring 752 square metres pegged at N$263 200 going to Nauyoma and erf 2974 measuring 805 square metres going for N$281 750 will be sold to Kambala.
“Intended alienation has been advertised in two newspapers for two consecutive weeks and no objection has been received. It is recommended that the request from the Municipality of Henties Bay be granted in terms of the provision of Section 30 (1) (t) of the Local Authorities Act, 1992 (Act 23 of 1992), as amended to sell the above-mentioned Erven 2945 to the above said applicants by way of private treaty,” the letter signed by the Ministry Director for Regional and Local Government and Traditional Authorities Coordination, Uyepa, Nghidinua Daniel the Permanent Secretary and Shaningwa on June 22 2016 reads in part.
When contacted for comment the trio could not hide their joy.
“If that is the case then it is indeed good news. We are aware that there are about 120 people whom we applied together with last year that are on the same path. We will follow up how far others’ applications are. I will start with my building plans to accommodate my family members that are living in shacks in Omdel in Henties Bay. We will not stop fighting. We will still continue fighting,” Amupanda said.
Kambala described the development as a blessing adding that he too can’t wait to build a house for his cousins that currently stay in Walvis Bay as well as Henties Bay.
“It’s exciting news. It is indeed a blessing and I will be building a house to accommodate my family in Walvis Bay and Henties Bay. I have cousins who are struggling with proper accommodation and this is a relief. However the fight for a majority of poor Namibians who are struggling to have access to decent and affordable accommodation is not going to end here. This struggle is not about us. It’s about the Namibian people. The problem is bigger than us and it will be meaningless for us to acquire land and forget about the majority of Namibians who don’t have. I will call it quits (land struggle) when at least 800 000 landless Namibians have access to affordable decent housing,” Kambala said.
Nauyoma also shared the same sentiments.
“I will begin to build a place for my family since I am growing up. I can’t start a family in a flat. However we will not stop fighting for affordable land until all landless young Namibians own a piece of land. The fight continues until 200 000 plots that can house a million Namibians are serviced.”
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