DTA to host land policy conference

09 Aug 2017 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 09 AUG (NAMPA) - The DTA of Namibia on Wednesday said it will host a land policy conference from 04 to 06 September.
Briefing the media in Windhoek, DTA President McHenry Venaani said the conference aims to draft the party’s land policy which it will table at the forthcoming second national land conference, as it was asked by the Minister of Land Reform Utoni Nujoma to table and present a policy position on the acquisition and usage of land in Namibia.
“Rooted in this is the belief that the policies of the DTA must reflect the collective views and interests of Namibians, irrespective of their socio-economic status, races, gender, religion and sexual orientation,” said Venaani.
He said the DTA land policy conference will serve as the fulfilment of the party’s mandate to formulate a policy position which will be articulated at the national land conference.
“This way DTA intends to be a vehicle to allow ordinary Namibians the opportunity to influence the numerous and complex processes relating to the acquisition, usage, ownership and occupation of land,” said Venaani.
He noted that the conference will be an all-inclusive event and will include representation from the agricultural sector, civil society, the youth, farmers’ union, housing action groups, private business and political parties.
Issues such as the historical legacy of land dispossession and foreign ownership, economic viability and sustainability of land reform, review of past practices and land in its entirety are some of the topics to be discussed at the conference.
The second national land conference is also scheduled for September this year on a date yet to be announced.
The first national land conference took place in 1991.