02 Jul 2013 01:50
ONGWEDIVA, 02 JUL (NAMPA) - Lands and Resettlement Minister Alpheus !Naruseb on Monday launched some new public outreach communal land information material for the Communal Land Support (CLS) Project of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA)-Namibia.
The official launch of the educational material - flyers, comic books, pamphlets, videos and pull up banners - took place at Bennies Entertainment Park and Lodge in Ongwediva, Oshana Region.
?The main objective of launching these outreach communication material is to simplify and make communities aware of the relevant legal provisions within the Communal Land Reform Act, Act No. 5 of 2002,? !Naruseb said at the launch.
He said pamphlets and books are meant to encourage landholders to apply for verification and registration of their rights to land through the traditional authorities and communal land boards in the country.
The information material, !Naruseb said, will play a significant role in empowering communities in villages to be able to actively and effectively engage in discussions in the use and management of their land resources and to improve the administration and management of communal land in general.
?The Ministry of Lands and Resettlement envisages that the empowerment process will result in better land usage, enhance confidence in the sense of land ownership for people in communal areas and ensure greater land-based investment in those areas as well,? !Naruseb stated.
The launch was part of the ministry?s civic education campaign, and the comic books and pamphlets have even been translated into several indigenous languages to ensure that more people are able to read and understand the contents.
?I am informed that the CLS Project has printed over 70 000 copies of the communication materials that have been translated in six indigenous languages spoken by the local communities,? the minister noted.
He said the initiative to translate the material into indigenous languages is in line with the request by several communities to have government policies and legal documents availed to them in the language that they understand.
The CLS reading material contain information regarding to the Communal Land Rights Registration, and much of the information contained therein seeks to raise awareness and understanding among the public about their rights and responsibilities to the land.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the MCA-Namibia, Penny Akwenye told the gathering at the launch that the CLS team developed the materials to motivate individuals and communities to apply for the land rights and to support the land registration process.
Regional governors and traditional leaders from the regions of Ohangwena, Oshana, Omusati, Oshikoto and Kunene received their documents and other information material during the launch event on Monday.