Utoni Nujoma defends government stance on reparation

14 Jul 2017 17:10pm
GOBABIS, 14 JUL ( NAMPA) - Minister of Land Reform, Utoni Nujoma said Government is fully committed to addressing injustices committed against the Namibian people during the pre-independence era.
Nujoma said there is a common misconception that Government and the ruling Swapo party are the perpetrators of such injustices against its people, which is not the case.
He was referring to the creation of bantustans (homelands) and various other atrocities committed against the Namibian people during the pre-independence era.
Nujoma made the remarks in a statement he delivered during the opening of a consultative meeting on land reform with the community of Omaheke here on Friday.
The two-day gathering was convened to gauge opinion and gather input into matters pertaining to land reform to be discussed at the Second Land Conference in September.
The land reform minister said Government inherited the injustices from the colonial era administration.
He highlighted the forced removal of people from their fertile land and forcing them into bantustan reserves, as topping the list of injustices on land committed by the colonial administration.
“We fought against injustice and apartheid to free Namibia. How can we now turn and commit the same injustices against our people?” Nujoma asked.
Speaking on the issue of claims for reparation for atrocities committed against the Namibian people during the 1904-1908 genocide, Nujoma said Government is fully behind such cause.
“Nobody is against reparations for the genocide. We are in full support of it, that is why we supported the motion when it was introduced in Parliament by late Ovaherero Paramount Chief Kuaima Riruako,” he said.
The consultative meeting was attended by regional and local authority councillors, traditional leaders, civil society and community members.
(NAMPA)
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