Land should not be sold to foreigners: SPEC

09 Feb 2014 10:40am
WINDHOEK, 09 FEB (NAMPA) – The Swapo-Party Elders' Council (SPEC) has recommended that the concept of an open market in the Agriculture Land Reform Act of 1995 Section 6, should apply to Namibians only.
SPEC Deputy Secretary, Mukwaita Shanyengana said this on Saturday in a speech read on his behalf by Deputy Secretary of the Swapo-Party Women's Council, Eunice Ipinge during a one-day SPEC committee meeting here.
“The law requires all potential sellers of agricultural land to first offer their land to the State, and they can only sell to the open market after the State waive its preferential right,” said Shanyenganga.
He said this in reference to the Erindi game farm on offer to foreigners.
“The SPEC has been requesting the government all along not to allow land to be sold to foreigners,” said Shanyenganga.
He added that SPEC does not want to witness another land revolution, whereby the future generation will be landless and become slaves to those who own land.
“Our struggle was and has been for land to be returned to the rightful owners,” he stressed.
SPEC then recommended that Erindi be turned into a national park or resort to attract tourists to Namibia, which will subsequently benefit the Namibian people.