Namibians have had enough of inequality: Geingob

05 Oct 2018 20:40pm
WINDHOEK, 05 OCT (NAMPA) – If there ever was an issue Namibians needed to resolve together across tribe, race and politics, it was the land issue, at the second National Land Conference, President Hage Geingob has said.
Closing the national land indaba here Friday, Geingob said the convention presented an opportunity to genuinely address Namibia’s longstanding land dilemma, outside political lines.
“In the Namibian house, the aim is to deliver justice, fight poverty, eliminate ignorance and ensure that no race, tribe or class feels left out or denied,” he said.
The Head of State noted that everyone who actively participated in discussions over the five days of the gathering contributed to the furtherance of justice in society.
More so, he said the lessons drawn from the second land conference serve as a cautionary tale to land owners about the importance of sharing.
“The message from Namibians is clear. Enough is enough. We can no longer afford a market that is only efficient for the few. We can no longer afford a bureaucracy that only works for the powerful. The status quo has to change,” said Geingob, reiterating that it can no longer be business as usual in the fight against inequality in all its manifestations.
The president said the demand for land and dignity are inextricably intertwined and the role of the State is to ensure that the right framework is in place to ensure that land reform and reduction of poverty and inequality are addressed.
He also said there are cautionary tales to those seeking land not to do so at the expense of others and urged those implementing the policies to be competent and fair, with high integrity.
“We will embark on the long-term goal of restoring the dignity of all our people. But hard work lies ahead. We will encounter many challenges along the winding road of policy formulation, legislative reform and implementation,” he noted.
Geingob said Namibia remains constrained by limited financial resources, pointing out that there are many low-hanging fruits which can be reaped in the short term by challenging mindsets, streaming processes and ensuring the necessary political will.
He further noted that eradicating poverty and reducing inequality were the most crucial and urgent challenges of the time.
“The long-term solution to many of the issues raised involves growing the economy in a manner that increases jobs and reduces inequality,” Geingob said.
The five-day conference ended on Friday, resulting in a 46-page document containing an array of resolutions to be submitted to Cabinet for further interrogation before approval.
It will then be taken to Parliament.