14 Jun 2017 18:00pm
REHOBOTH, 14 JUN (NAMPA) - The Nama Traditional Leaders Association (NTLA) has said it welcomes the consultative meetings on the review of the National Resettlement Policy of 2001.
The NTLA said Saturday in a media statement issued during a Resettlement Policy Review Consultative Workshop at Farm Nico Noord in the Hardap Region, efforts of the Ministry of Land Reform to engage people on the land question is a positive step.
The association said they appreciate the fact that both the Land Bill, which was tabled last year, and the Second National Land Conference, which was also scheduled for last year, were postponed in the interest of giving the public and key stakeholders adequate time to prepare.
The association however said the ministry does not appear to have prepared well for the consultations, as some Traditional Authorities (TAs), such as the #Aonin (Topnaars) and the //Aixa //Aes (Afrikaners) did not receive invitations, while others such as the /Hai /Khauan from Berseba were informed telephonically.
The traditional authorities also did not receive the Draft Review on Resettlement Policy document, which forms the crux of the consultative workshops and makes it difficult to give meaningful input.
Considering this is a legal policy document, it would require the NTLA to consult its lawyers and communities on the content thereof, the statement said.
Contacted for comment on Wednesday, Ministry of Land Reform Public Relations Officer Chrispin Matongela said the consultations are not intended to consult every Namibian citizen.
He said the consultations are a mixture of systematic and purpose sampling in order to gauge the understanding of the masses through their representatives, but making sure the sample targeted will give an overall impression of the feeling on the ground.
All recognised traditional authorities, regional councils and other key regional stakeholders were invited, Matongela said adding the Draft Review on Resettlement Policy document was circulated through regional structures and regional offices can make it available.
Furthermore, communities are being given more time to consolidate their regional submissions and forward them to the ministry at a later stage. We are doing this for Namibia, nothing more, nothing less, so people should not feel that their contributions will not be considered, Matongela said.
The Second Land Conference is scheduled for September.