AR welcomes CoW’s pre-allocation of land in informal settlements

AR welcomes CoW’s pre-allocation of land in informal settlements
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The Affirmative Repositioning (AR) Movement has said it welcomes the City of Windhoek (CoW) council’s decision on the pre-allocation of land in low-income areas.
CoW announced this week that it has identified over 3 000 plots in areas such as Havana, Okuryangava, Goreangab Dam and Otjomuise that will be allocated to people who are on the City’s waiting list for land.
It aims to allocate 5 000 plots over three years.
The head of AR’s Windhoek caucus, Dimbulukeni Nauyoma, at a media conference on Thursday said the decision ought to be embraced and celebrated by many as it speaks to the seriousness and additional interventions in the multifaceted approach to the land and housing question in the capital.
“Since 2014, AR has been at the forefront of fighting for the dejected masses of the city through mass protest action, through the courts, through strategic engagement and supporting radical actions taken by the poor. It became evident in 2019 that fighting, protecting, and supporting the poor through protest actions and the courts are a mere temporary action with limited success in solving the root cause of the problems of landlessness, homelessness, hopelessness, corruption and underdevelopment,” said Nauyoma.
He added that the struggle of landlessness, homelessness and hopelessness prompted the movement to contest the CoW leadership in which AR deployed two representatives, with one heading the political leadership as mayor and the other one serving in the council management committee.
“We note that by 2041, Windhoek will have more than 800 000 inhabitants. Presently, more than 100 000 residents of the city reside in informal settlements. For the past 30 years, the city has dismally failed to address the urban land and housing question,” noted Nauyoma.
He further added that the movement will remain a formidable political force providing direction to society and which is proud of its two representatives at the City of Windhoek “who are driving the dream of Namibia reborn; a Namibia that will not relent, equivocate or compromise.”