Namibia: Nudo Pledges to Reduce Farm Prices

Nudo president Utjiua Muinjangue says her party will introduce policies to control agricultural land ownership and reduce prices of farmland, if they are successful at the upcoming election on 27 November.

Nudo is one of a number of political parties that is contesting next month's presidential and National Assembly elections.

The party launched its election manifesto at one of Windhoek's poorest in-formal settlements, Havana, on Saturday in which they outlined their governance policy direction for the next five years.

The focus in the Nudo manifesto is the provision of land and housing for the underprivileged. The party promised to reduce land prices and maintain them "at agricultural productive value only".

Under the Nudo government, foreigners will not be allowed to own land in Namibia. Those who want to sell their farms on the market will only be allowed to do so if their prices are not above the "productive value of such land"

"All land shall be under the custodianship of the state for equal redistribution to all. "Land is synonymous to living. Namibians do not have land and they see more land being sold to foreigners.

Once elected into power, Nudo will bring back the land to the people and make financial resources available for Namibians to obtain land," the document reads.

Muinjangue also promised that their government will provide agricultural equipment and tools to underprivileged communities to ensure participatory and sustainable development.

Apart from agricultural land, Muinjangue said they will also focus on solving the ancestral land issue.

She added that the Nudo government will do whatever it takes to hold the German government accountable for the genocide colonial Germany committed against the Nama and Ovaherero communities.

"We will fight with all mechanisms at our disposal to achieve restorative justice," she said. She also promised to give vouchers for buying building materials to Namibians to build their own houses as well as allocate serviced land to "all citizens" in the next five years.

This is part of the party's overall plan to abolish shacks and to restore the dignity of the underprivileged in society by providing them with land and decent housing.

"It is a fact that the Swapo led government has not delivered and it has totally failed to address critical issues of poverty, unemployment and social justice.

"Twenty nine years after independence, our people continue to live in poverty while the so-called elite in a Swapo-led government continue to bask in money and privileges at the expense of the taxpayers. What a shame," she said.

Nudo secretary general Joseph Kauandenge said Nudo will participate in the upcoming elections with the hope to win.

He said Nudo stands a good chance because the ruling Swapo party has failed to transform the socio-economic challenges faced by Namibians. He said his party will therefore tackle the issues head-on even if they only gain one seat in the National Assembly.

"For a population of so few people with the resources that we have in this country. We should be a country that does not have people living in shacks. We will make sure that the aspirations and needs of our people are catered for throughout," he said.

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