Land conference resolutions to be announced at 16h00

05 Oct 2018 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 05 OCT (NAMPA) – Resolutions from the five discussion groups emanating from the second National Land Conference will be announced at 16h00 on Friday, Prime Minister and conference chairperson, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has announced.
She made the announcement on Friday, shortly after the various recommendations were presented to plenary for input or objections by Secretary to Cabinet, George Simataa.
During the deliberations, various issues, objections and consensuses were reached.
Chief among them was the ratio in which land for resettlement purposes is to be divided.
The issue was two-fold, namely allocation to land dispossessed communities and the general pool to cater for the rest of the country.
It was proposed that the resettlement programme remain structured in the existing 70:30 ratio.
This is to say, for 10 farms bought, seven would be given to land dispossessed Namibians while the remaining three would be divided among other Namibians.
“The 70:30 ratio is already in practice. Why change and go to something else? Do we agree that it will remain this way?” Simataa asked as the audience agreed in unison.
Another debate that stood out was the number of farms that each Namibian could own.
Various arguments were thrown around, but the delegates agreed in the end that “one Namibian, one farm”.
The adopted resolutions will be submitted to Cabinet and tabled in the National Assembly.
The delegates agreed to the majority of the draft resolutions. These include that urban land reform be accessible; ancestral land rights and restitution be discussed at the conference; agrarian reforms; for land governance and tenure security issues to be clear and on proper legislation around commercial and communal land.
What is left on the five-day programme is for the premier to announce the final resolutions and the way forward.
President Hage Geingob is also expected to officially close the conference he opened on Monday.