ALC reports should not gather dust: Rehoboth community

17 Jul 2019 12:30pm
REHOBOTH, 17 JUL (NAMPA) - Residents of Rehoboth on Monday called for the implementation of recommendations on ancestral land claims so people who lost land under the German colonial regime, can be settled on it.
They made the call during a public hearing with the Commission of Inquiry into Ancestral Land Rights and Restitution here on Monday.
Most of the people asked that the reports not “gather dust” and said something should come from the hearings.
Elfriede ||Garoës of the !Ainin Traditional Authority told Nampa she is glad the commission was established so people can narrate how their ancestral land was lost during the colonial era and sold to absent landlords.
“I am happy that this commission was established and hope that after oral and written submissions are made, we will get the land we lost to colonial forces. My hope is that reports compiled from the inquiry will not gather dust and should be implemented so everyone can be settled in their ancestral area,” she said.
Speaking to this news agency at the same event, commission member Uhuru Dempers said so far people have been cooperating.
He however advised that communities submit their claims collectively instead of individually, such as people from the same community who are claiming.
“They should also in both the oral and written submissions provide proof and come up with plausible recommendations on how they will go about it once the process is implemented,” Dempers added.
The commission was announced by President Hage Geingob on 21 February this year as part of the resolutions of the second national land conference held last year to investigate claims of ancestral land and restitution, and make appropriate recommendations for implementation.
It has been tasked to study and identify communities that lost ancestral land, establish the size of land lost and its boundaries, amongst other things.
The report will assist the government and the affected parties in implementing the resolutions of the land conference effectively.