Ancestral Land Commission briefs Geingob

16 Jul 2019 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 16 JUL (NAMPA) - Chairperson of the Ancestral Land Commission, Judge Shafimana Ueitele has said there are people who want to either boycott or challenge the work of the commission.
Briefing President Hage Geingob on the Ancestral Land Commission’s work at State House on Monday Ueitele said as a result, the commission resolved to pay courtesy calls on all stakeholders and role players to introduce the commission.
“These engagements facilitated and encouraged members of the public to fully participate in the work of the commission,” said Ueitele, who was accompanied by his deputy Phanuel Kaapama.
The engagements with the community members took place from 06 May until 12 June 2019.
He added that during its consultations, the commission engaged all political parties registered with the Electoral Commission of Namibia; regional governors; regional councillors; the Council of Churches; civic and non-governmental organisations; trade and agricultural unions; as well as traditional authorities, both that gazetted and non-gazetted.
“Only the Landless People’s Movement indicated that they would not participate in our courtesy call and would discourage their members from appearing before the commission,” Ueitele said.
He went to say that even though the Rally for Democracy and Progress confirmed that they would meet with the commission after it had made an appointment, they did not turn up.
Those are the two political parties that the commission did not consult.
The chairperson further reported that 74 traditional authorities and leaders were consulted, as were more than 500 people who expressed their gratitude to the president and the government for setting up the commission. They also gave their assurance that they would participate and meet the commission.
While acknowledging the difficult task of the commission, Geingob warned: “The issue we are trying to undertake here is not a joke, and it can be used by some people for their own purposes and put this country to civil war - that’s how civil war starts.”