Otjozondjupa, Erongo residents consulted on resettlement policy

14 Jun 2017 13:00pm
OTJIWARONGO, 14 JUN (NAMPA) - Residents of the Otjozondjupa and Erongo regions are attending a one-day consultative meeting at Otjiwarongo to discuss the National Resettlement Policy of 2001.
Members of the two regional communal land boards, resettlement committees, regional and local authority councillors, chief regional officers, traditional authorities, government officials and regional governors for the two regions are also in attendance.
Deputy Minister of Land Reform, Priscilla Beukes on Wednesday officially opened the meeting.
She encouraged participants to provide suggestions and ideas for the policy to be formulated in the interest of the Namibian people.
“The laws that we are making should be able to serve our mandate of resettling the people,” said Beukes.
She said the review of the National Resettlement Policy of 2001 comes at a time when expectations among Namibians are mixed over the policy.
Beukes said many people have criticised the implementation process of the policy and the resettlement criteria, which they labelled as inappropriate and sidelining the needs of Namibians who need resettlement.
She said it is because of these concerns and public outcry that her ministry found it necessary to call for the review of the National Resettlement Policy of 2001.
The meeting will come up with suggestions that could form part of the new policy.
Consultative meetings were also held in the Hardap, Khomas and Omaheke regions at the beginning of this month.