Who is the ancestral owner of this country?: Geingob

14 Feb 2017 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 14 FEB (NAMPA) – The land issue is being used by discontented individuals as a fuse they hope will ignite an explosion of chaos in Namibia, President Hage Geingob said on Tuesday.
“Come and tell us who is the ancestral owner of this country. Nobody is mentioning the San people when talking about ancestral land, so who are we referring to?” Geingob asked when he opened the first Cabinet meeting for this year at State House.
He said those who are holding gatherings on the premise of ancestral land, should come with proposals, which are acceptable within the context of a united, free and reconciled Namibia.
Geingob explained he has engaged the Minister of Land Reform, Vice-President and Prime Minister before announcing the postponement of the tabling of the Land Bill during the opening of the 2017 legal year last week.
The postponement follows an outcry from the public for the Ministry of Land Reform to consult the nation and for the minister to not re-table the Land Bill before the Second National Land Conference scheduled for September.
The President said it is pertinent that everybody approach the land issue with utmost sincerity and clarity, adding that there is nothing wrong with belonging to tribes, but “let us avoid placing ‘ism’ at the end of the word tribal”.
He explained there is no separatism in the Namibian House; “it is a house where all areas are open to all inhabitants”.
“It is strange that certain people are displaying a great determination to ridicule the concepts which we have put in place in order to accelerate our development; let us disappoint them by succeeding,” Geingob requested.
He addressed Cabinet to ensure that members extensively deliberate on the land issue in order to come up with concrete proposals that could take the country forward rather than backward.