CCN saddend by withdrawal of key voices from conference

02 Oct 2018 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 02 OCT (NAMPA) – The Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN) said government should have done its utmost to ensure that no one withdraws from the land conference currently underway.
CCN spokesperson, Reverend André September on Monday said the council was saddened by the withdrawal of key voices from the second National Land Conference.
Several opposition parties, pressure groups, civil society organisations and faith-based organisation last week withdrew, labelling the conference a “political gimmick that is predetermined”.
Some traditional authority leaders, who were expected to make presentations at the five-day conference that started on Monday, also boycotted the event for similar reasons.
Delivering a statement at the conference, September said it was not correct for public representatives and office-bearers to continuously assert that people have signed over their will to control their lives and make decisions on their behalf without consulting them.
“Through a ballot, people express confidence in a political party and leaders to put the interest of the country and all its people first and as a matter of course in governance, consult them on matters that affect and concern them,” September said.
He described the persistent inequalities in the Namibian society and economy as untenable, indefensible and unsustainable, adding that challenges had to be tackled with seriousness and an open mind for creative solutions by putting the interest of the country and its people first.
September said the land question could not only be a government affair and challenges associated with land reform could not be solved by government alone.
The CNN representative added that Namibians have to live in informal settlements across the country, especially in towns and the city, which was created by multifaceted challenges including urban migration, the search for employment and education opportunities.
He called on the conference to find ways to make land reform policies more effective to build a transformed society, or adopt new radical measures to achieve the desired outcome that will help create a fair and equitable society.