WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba has called on local authorities to reduce the price of land for the benefit of low-income earners.
Speaking at a ceremony marking the renaming of Katutura’s Soweto Constituency to the John Alfons Pandeni Constituency on Wednesday, Pohamba urged local authorities, specifically the City of Windhoek, to stop increasing the price of land and selling such land on auction.
“This is a directive to consider the people who cannot afford land. I am not saying you must give the land away for free, but make it affordable. Our people have nowhere to stay,” he said.
The Head of State further said he has instructed relevant Government institutions to work together to ensure that people have access to serviced land for residential purposes.
He stressed that Government will continue to provide quality public services to people in different parts of the country.
“We are making concerted and coordinated efforts to combat the challenges of unemployment and poverty. It is for this reason that institutions such as the Development Bank of Namibia are providing capital to local entrepreneurs to establish and expand their businesses,” Pohamba stated.
The ceremony was amongst others attended by Windhoek Mayor Elaine Trepper, local authority councillors, ambassadors, high commissioners, regional councillors and community leaders.