Land question a frustrating matter: Geingob

11 Apr 2018 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 11 APR (NAMPA) - The land question remains a frustrating, complex and emotive matter with the 'willing buyer, willing seller principle' adopted after independence by Government failing to produce the required results, President Hage Geingob has said.
Delivering his fourth State of the Nation Address in the capital on Wednesday, Geingob said he has directed that a second National Land Conference be held.
He said due to a need for wider consultation, the conference was postponed and is now set to take place in the first week of October 2018.
“The conference seeks to address the structure of land ownership and debate the willing seller, willing buyer principle, ancestral land, claims for restitution and expropriation in public interest with just compensation, as provided for in our constitution,” Geingob said.
Urban land reform and resettlement criteria, as well as the Veterinary Cordon Fence that separates northern Namibia from the central and southern parts of the country, will also be debated at the conference.
Geingob said a high level committee chaired by the prime minister has been constituted and will be served by technical committees under the chairpersonship of the line minister, comprising ministerial and civil society subject matter experts.
The first National Land Conference was held in 1991.