20 Jul 2018 18:50pm
RUNDU, 20 JUL (NAMPA) The Kavango East regional consultative meeting in preparation of the second national land conference slated for October, was held in Rundu on Thursday and Friday.
The meeting was attended by Minister of Land Reform, Utoni Nujoma, Minister of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), Stanley Simataa and Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta.
It was also attended by Kavango East Governor, Samuel Mbambo, local councillors, traditional leaders, officials from the Ministry of Land Reform and civil society.
The meetings are being conducted in all fourteen regions of the country by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) in collaboration with the Ministry of Land Reform, with the aim of consulting residents in the regions on the current land reform programmes and emerging land-related issues.
This is the second consultative meeting being held in the region. The first dealt with reviewing of the 24 resolutions made at the first land conference in 1991.
Opening the gathering on Thursday, Mbambo said the land question is a political, social and economic issue which is about addressing dispossession, equality and promoting productive and sustainable livelihoods through the implementation of programmes aimed at poverty eradication.
He said after 27 years of implementing the 24 consensus resolutions reached during the first land conference, the Ministry of Land Reform, as directed by President Hage Geingob during his State of the Nation Address, found it important to once again re-group, consult and accord the Namibian nation the platform to contribute on the direction that the current land reform process should take.
I cannot over-emphasise the importance of this second round of consultations and the ones that have preceded this one in July 2017, concluded the governor.
Nujoma in his official remarks said land is a God-given gift that should be looked at as an economic, social, cultural issue and that it is the basis of peoples existence.
The minister encouraged those in attendance to work on the land diligently, highlighting that it is governments responsibility to make sure that land is distributed to all the beneficiaries, which are the Namibian people.