President Hage Geingob and members of the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) reached a consensus on the land crisis this afternoon.
A document obtained by The Villager newspaper from the President’s office stated that the two parties have resolved the land issue and have found an amicable solution to it.
The document was compiled following a meeting at state house this afternoon which saw Job Amupanda, George Kambala and Dimbuukweni Kambala of the AR attend, as well as Frans Kapofi the Minister of Presidential Affairs, the Minister of Land Reform Uutoni Nujoma, Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sofia Shaningwa and the Minister of Safety and Security Charles Namoloh, meeting with the head of state.
The meeting comes just 6 days shy of the infamous land grab, which would have seen thousands of Namibians all over the country claim hectares of un-serviced land as their own. The document stated that the President, who declared war on poverty earlier this year during his state of the nation address, launched a massive nationwide project to provide serviced land to his people.
The project involves servicing 200 000 plots in Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Oshakati for the landless. The government will immediately begin identifying land in the three towns for servicing. From 29 July to 5 August, a nationwide clearance of the identified land will be held, and all Namibians are being called upon to volunteer for the project.
A technical committee will also be established to work out the modalities of the project, which has been dubbed the Massive Urban Land Servicing Project. It remains unclear on whether the massive land grab scheduled for 31 July has been cancelled as The Villager could not get hold of the members this afternoon.