By Patience Nyangove
THE Namibian police says its ready to defend peace and security in the country come March 21 if Affirmative Repositioning (AR) activists attempt to grab land, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga has said.
Ndeitunga’s statement comes after Job Amupanda a founding member of AR posted recently on social media calling on the landless masses to occupy farms and urban land on March 21 since Government appears to be dragging its feet in solving the long-standing problem of land in the country.
“Seeing that there is no commitment on the part of the political elite to solve the land question, following the dialogue process that began more than 1 400 days ago (some two years counting from 2014), we must consider occupying land (farmland and land for housing) everywhere on 21 March 2017 while politicians and zombies will be at the Independence Stadium listening to the same story we heard for 27 years. That would be a benefiting celebration of independence,” Amupanda wrote.
Ndeitunga said as the police they stand ready to defend the country’s peace and stability.
“We don’t want to intimidate anybody but we will try by all means to defend the country’s peace and stability. The Namibian police is ready to defend peace and security in the country. The youth should be patient and understand that issues are not solved through violence as this will end badly,” he said.
Ndeitunga also said he had seen the statement by AR which he said was meant to incite public violence in the country.
“I read it. It’s circulating on social media. Firstly their statement wants to cause incitement of public violence nothing else. Secondly it has the potential to destroy peace and security in the Republic of Namibia. Thirdly it has the potential to destroy public law and order in the country and number four what they are advocating for is contrary to the principals of the Constitution that private property should be respected. If you want land you should follow due processes.
“What the AR is calling for has the potential to create chaos particularly the administration of private property or land. I understand the land conference is coming and so whoever has any suggestions or advice on land issues in Namibia managed or distributed be patient the land conference is coming and air your views so that perhaps those views form part of the amended Land Act,” Ndeitunga said.
However, Amupanda on Monday appeared unfazed by Ndeitunga’s warning saying Namibia was an independent state far different from the infamous Lubango dungeons.
“Ag that man must not think we are in exile. An independent country is different from Lubango dungeons. We recently went to see the land he grabbed in Kavango under false pretence. He must not provoke us. We are ready for him physically and spiritually. They are there for the elites and us? We are not joking. If it is fire we have capacity to fight fire with fire. What type of police force that only works to threaten the small fish while enjoying wealth with elites? He must know that we are in constant communication with 60 percent of the police force who are our brothers, sisters, girlfriends, boyfriends and business partners. They will not listen to his political instructions.
“By the way he must explain under which law he is working under when his contract has long expired. He must tell us why his contract has not been renewed! But we know he is not acting on his own,” Amupanda said.
The AR movement was birthed in 2014 after Windhoek Municipality reportedly dished out land to councillors, their offspring as well as ‘special’ members of society. This led to Amupanda together with George Kambala and Dimbulukeni Nauyoma mobilising thousands of youth in the city to submit land applications en masse.
After the AR threatened to mobilise landless people across the country to occupy land illegally, President Hage Geingob met with the trio and reached an agreement where 200 000 plots would be serviced across the country. The harsh economic climate currently being experienced in the country has meant slow progress in delivering the plots to the masses.
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