Traditional leaders in Kunene welcome conference postponement

05 Sep 2017 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 05 SEP (NAMPA) – The postponement of the much-anticipated second Land Conference will only be a good thing if the groups and communities bypassed by the consultations will be consulted.
This is the view of the chairperson of the Kaoko League of Traditional Leaders (KLTL), Licius Kaaree Mupya.
Mupya in an interview with Nampa on Tuesday said they were happy the conference had been postponed as not all affected communities around the country would have been consulted had the conference taken place as planned.
According to Mupya, who is also a former mayor of Opuwo, the issue of ancestral land which is anticipated as a hot potato during the conference needs more time for consultation with the affected communities.
He told this agency that KLTL was overlooked during the consultation.
The KLTL submitted a petition on a land crisis existing between residents of Kunene and Omusati in which they gave the Office of the President 60 days to respond.
Mupya told this agency that their petition had not been responded to hitherto and the postponement would serve them well.
“We will knock at every door of the relevant authorities until our concerns with regards to land have been addressed,” said Mupya.
President Hage Geingob last week postponed the four-day conference which was scheduled for 18 September.
He said various parties involved, among them the Namibian Non-Governmental Organisations Forum (Nangof) and the Swapo Party Youth League had raised concerns about the insufficient time for consultations ahead of the conference.
During a Swapo meeting last month, Geingob also informed the central committee members that the land conference had been postponed after some civil society groups complained about inadequate consultations.
The KLTL consists of 42 traditional leaders within the Kunene Region, most of whom are not recognised by Government.