Arrangements for land conference in full swing

14 Sep 2016 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 14 SEP (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Land Reform will announce the exact date and venue of the second land conference when all necessary arrangements are finalised.
“Once we are ready with logistics and other internal arrangements, all stakeholders will be informed accordingly,” Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Land Reform Chrispin Matongela told Nampa Tuesday.
Minister of Land Reform Uutoni Nujoma launched the event in August 2016.
It is slated for November this year.
Meanwhile, the Namibian Non-Governmental Organisations Forum (NANGOF) working group on land reform is not happy with the arrangements, or lack thereof, of the event thus far.
At a media conference on Tuesday, convener of the working group Uhuru Dempers raised some concern about how the ministry is preparing for and organising the event.
He questioned whether any regional consultations took place, as announced by Nujoma during the launch.
Approached for comment, Matongela could not say whether any regional consultations took place, only saying: “The fact that the minister announced to the entire Namibian population that the conference will take place should serve as a good indication of the intention of the ministry”.
Nujoma said at the time that the conference government will explore what has worked and what did not; what is currently not working; and what needs to be adjusted, fine-tuned or totally discarded in terms of the country’s land policy and legal framework.
Dempers expressed concern that the ministry is single-handedly organising such a conference.
“We are proposing that an intersect oral organising committee be set up composed of line ministries, civil society organisations, landless people, churches, farmers’ unions, trade unions and the private sector,” he added.
Nangof announced that it will organise a series of consultations over the next two months ahead of the land conference.
The working group consists of Nangof member organisations such as the Namibia Development Trust, Legal Assistance Centre, the Desk for Social Development of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN), Namibia National Farmers’ Union (NNFU), and the //Naosan /Aes Landless People’s Movement.
Dempers added that the working group is also in the proses of consulting the Council of Churches of Namibia (CCN) and the National Youth Council to join the event later this year.