Swapo expresses concern over poor rains

Swapo party Secretary General, Nangolo Mbumba said concerns on poor rains throughout the country were expressed at the Political Bureau meeting held yesterday.

He further noted that the meeting directed the government through the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF), to ready itself for the approaching drought. However the nation is urged not to panic due to poor rainfall as the government is able and ready to mitigate the effects of the possible drought in the country.

In addition, Swapo Party structures were directed in the meeting to fasten the process of restructuring to conduct their respective conferences in accordance with the constitution of the Swapo Party as amended. Mbumba added that the Political Bureau expressed concerns over the impression being created that the government has been reluctant to address issues related to the availability and provision of housing and serviced residential plots. “However we know that the contrary is true.

Programmes have been in place to address land redistribution in this country for many years. Last year, the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of Swapo Party established a Special Committee to investigate additional measures of dealing with the land issue, in particular the urban land,” said Mbumba.

He added that government bought millions of hectares of commercial lad and resettled hundreds of families on those farming units, saying, steps were taken to bring about speedier delivery of serviced urban land and address other issues surrounding high prices for the rental of accommodation and related matters.

“The Political Bureau therefore felt the people of this country must not fall victims to the perception being rolled out across the country that the government does not want to give land to the landless,” said Mbumba.

Mbumba confirmed the decision of the top four leaders of the party to suspend Job Amupanda, Dimbulukweni Nauyoma and George Kambala for their actions just before the Presidential and National Assembly Elections last year. “In this regard, the Political Bureau directed the relevant organs of the party to speed up the process of finalizing their cases,” said Mbumba.