35 000 Namibians apply for urban land

2015-03-01 16:28

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Windhoek - About 35 000 young Namibians have peacefully submitted their written applications countrywide for urban land at municipal offices during the biggest civil mass action since the country's independence in 1990, the organisers say.

"The mass action on Friday was very successful with preliminary figures from 15 of nearly 50 municipalities so far confirming 35 000 applications," organiser Job Amupanda said on Sunday.

"The youth of this country stood together...young white Namibians also handed in their applications."

Mass application exercise

Co-organiser Dimbulukeni Nauyoma said so far the highest number of applications was submitted at the port of Walvis Bay.

"Some 9 500 applications were verified and this means that about a third of the approximately 30 000 inhabitants of Walvis Bay require a plot."

At Okahandja, a small town some 60km north of Windhoek, about 4 000 applications were received by midday on Friday.

About 50% of the applications came from soldiers of the Namibia Defence Force stationed there, Nauyoma told reporters.

"We expect the final figures for Okahandja to be quite high."

In the capital Windhoek, about 2 500 applications were submitted, although the municipality initially refused to accept them as a first mass application exercise - only for Windhoek - took place last November, where 14 200 applications were received.

Positive response

After negotiations between Amupanda and the municipal officials, the municipality accepted them.

According to Amupanda, his group of activists will engage all municipalities over the coming months to discuss the way forward.

"We are hoping for a positive response from them, if there is no satisfactory solution by 31 July, we will take the [urban] land; we are at a point of no return," he said.

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