Landless People's Movement calls for Utoni's dismissal

14 Feb 2017 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 14 FEB (NAMPA) – The Landless People’s Movement has called on government to stop the current land resettlement programme and to dismiss Land Reform Minister, Utoni Nujoma.
In a petition read during a demonstration at Zoo Park on Tuesday, group spokesperson Macci ≠Eichub called on President Hage Geingob to stop the current resettlement programme under the Ministry of Land Reform (MLR) for it to “reflect a deep commitment to correcting the historical injustices as it does not include land dispossession as a criterion”.
The Movement was established in December 2016 after former Land Reform Deputy Minister Bernadus Swartbooi resigned from his position in government. Swartbooi resigned after he refused to apologise to Nujoma for making utterances that Nujoma resettled people from other regions in the South while the Namas were allegedly being sidelined.
≠Eichub said the continued silence and suffocation of ancestral land debates in the National Assembly (NA) is regrettable.
The group also called on the MLR to include civil society movements as part of the organising committee for the Second National Land Conference slated for September.
“We also direct our government that communal land support for dispossessed communities be instituted and accelerated,” ≠Eichub said.
The group said Nujoma did not act in a manner which is fit for a parliamentarian sworn in to protect the Constitution.
“We feel insulted, humiliated, and criminalised for speaking the truth to the power of ancestral land,” the spokesperson said.
They also implored the Namibia Police Force (NamPol) to stop harassing and issuing threats to the movement.
They also demanded politicians in the //Kharas Region who are interested in promoting tribalism, to be investigated as they are causing tension among communities in the region.
The petition was received by NA Deputy Speaker Loide Kasingo, who promised to deliver it to the Speaker of the NA, Peter Katjavivi.