Namibians must hold hands to find a solution to land distribution: Geingob
31 Jul 2019 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 31 JUL (NAMPA) - Access to land has been a business concern in Namibia, however Namibians should not illegally grab land, but instead hold hands to find a sustainable solution to land distribution, President Hage Geingob has said.
Addressing a two-day Namibia Economic Growth Summit held under the theme Economic Revival for Inclusive Growth, Strengthening the Namibian House here on Monday, Geingob explained that Namibia is governed by the rule of law and the right to private property is guaranteed by the Constitution.
He said both domestic and international investors may, by law, acquire land in municipal areas, either through outright purchase, rent or leasehold agreement.
There is a need to address historical injustices in terms of land ownership. Amendments to land ownership legislation would be effected within the provisions of the law as resolved during the Second National Land conference of October 2018, he stated.
The Head of State further said Namibia is at a critical point of its history and the summit is an opportunity to shape its collective destiny, adding that Namibians are in full control of their choices and actions.
Geingob further said the economic challenges in Namibia over previous years might have left some citizens despondent and hopeless, but urged them to remain hopeful through the difficult periods and demonstrate resilience and optimism for a better future.
I call on all participants to seize this significant moment and the available opportunities to steer Namibia towards a destiny of economic equity, opportunity and shared prosperity, he said.
The President further noted that with the international and diverse representation of the summit participation, Namibia stands to learn and benefit from established global best practices.