UPDATE: President Geingob postpones land conference

31 Aug 2017 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 31 AUG (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob Thursday postponed the land conference which was scheduled for September to a date still to be announced to give people more time for further input.
Speaking to the media at State House, the Head of State explained that he had received letters from the Namibian Non-Governmental Organisations Forum (NANGOF) expressing fear that Government did not perform consultations properly.
The letter also stressed that previous meetings on the land issue did not allow for input, although they were informative.
“I replied saying that I will study your concerns and if I detect that there is any truth, why should I rush it? The idea is to get proper input,” Geingob said.
The President said land is a very important issue.
“Everybody is talking about land. Let’s take time to study it. What land are we talking about, are we talking about ancestral land?” he asked.
Geingob also said some ministers were not happy with his decision to postpone the Land Conference.
“But I am deciding that we should give people time, so why rush it?” he said.
No date has been set for the conference yet.
“We are going to consult those who are asking us to postpone to give us a time frame so that when we go there, nobody should say I wanted to give input but it was rushed,” the President said.
The second Land Conference was to take stock of the achievements made since the first National Land Conference in 1991 and to establish what is needed to accelerate, and improve the implementation of recommendations made at the first one.