Former colonisers do not want to sell land: Pohamba

09 Dec 2014 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 09 DEC (NAMPA) – President Hifikepunye Pohamba says young people have started grabbing land in Namibia because they feel discriminated against.
He made the remark at the launch of Namibia’s First National Human Rights Action Plan here on Tuesday.
“Our people feel discriminated against not having land, because land is owned by the children of those who colonised us as Namibians during the apartheid system and they don’t want to sell it to the government,” Pohamba said.
He noted that founding president Sam Nujoma, before independence in 1990, decided not to retaliate against the oppressors and that reconciliation was the best way forward.
“The basis of the long and bitter struggle when precious lives of Namibian people were sacrificed was for our independence and for land, and not only to eat around the same table,” he said.
Pohamba further posed a question to the nation, asking “why can we not share the land in our country of birth?”
The president then officially launched the National Human Rights Action Plan in the presence of Ombudsperson John Walters, chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission Med Kaggwa, and the United Nations’ Resident Coordinator Musinga Bandora.
The Action Plan is built on key findings of the baseline study on human rights in Namibia, and provides a comprehensive framework for multi-stakeholder engagement on human rights.
In addition, the plan has defined an effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation framework.
Meanwhile, Human Rights Day is commemorated globally on 10 December each year, the date on which the United Nations’ General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.