15 May 2018 21:30pm
ONGWEDIVA, 15 MAY (NAMPA) Deputy Minister of Finance, Natangwe Ithete says the liberation struggle of Namibia was about taking land back from white settlers and resettling the rightful owners, who are indigenous Namibian people.
Ithete said this whilst addressing residents of the Oshana Regions Oshakati East Constituency during belated celebrations of the 28th Namibian independence at the Onendongo village on Sunday.
In his statement made available to Nampa Tuesday, he said the land issues affect the entire Namibian nation, as each citizen is in need of land and must demand for it.
Land, like water and food, is a basic need, hence numerous calls are made to central government and local authorities to provide land, consequently dignified housing, Ithete stated.
He said the government is not relaxed in addressing the land issue; it has introduced policy interventions such as the Communal Land Reform Act of 2002 which aims to provide for the allocation of rights in respect of communal land.
Ithete said other policy interventions introduced by the government to address the land issue is the Agricultural (Commercial) Land Reform Act of 1995, which provides for the acquisition of agricultural land by the State for the purpose of land reform and allocation to previously disadvantaged Namibian citizens.
These are the Namibian citizens whom Ithete said have been socially, economically and educationally disadvantaged by the discriminatory laws and practices of the colonial administration.
He said the two Acts are indicators that indeed there is a need for land distribution among Namibians and also demonstrating that the government is willing to address such need.
Regarding land provision in the urban centres, Ithete said the government in 2016/17 embarked on a National Massive Urban Land Servicing Project, responding to the shortage of serviced land in the urban areas.
It is misleading to take the fight for land as a one-person battle, because indeed, we all need land and therefore this fight is our fight.
Ithete wants Namibians to be united in tackling the land issue and to offer solutions rather than engaging in destructive criticism.