Our land was stolen: Chief Kooper

08 Dec 2016 12:00pm
REHOBOTH, 08 DEC (NAMPA) – Chief of the Kai-||Khaun Nama tribe, Petrus Simon Kooper has come out in support of Deputy Minister of Land Reform, Bernadus Swartbooi.
Swartbooi was reported to have accused Minister of Land Reform Utoni Nujoma of resettling people from other regions in southern Namibia at the expense of the Nama people.
He said this while speaking at the Kai-||Khaun Festival in Hoachanas on Saturday.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Kooper said Government has done little to nothing to lift the Nama people out of poverty and landlessness.
“We are left destitute and landless due to people from other regions being resettled on our land stolen by the German regime in 1904-1908 ahead of the Nama people,” Kooper said.
He added that as far as he is concerned, Swartbooi spoke the truth.
Swartbooi criticised the manner in which Nujoma handles the land resettlement process and asked for the minister to be called to order.
After news of his statements went public, President Hage Geingob ordered Swartbooi to apologise to Nujoma within 24 hours.
Local English daily The Namibian reported that Geingob said in a letter to Swartbooi his statements have the potential to disrupt peace and stability in the country.