Landless Peoples Movement seeking restorative justice: Seibeb
10 Feb 2017 07:20am
REHOBOTH, 09 FEB (NAMPA) The Landless Peoples Movement on Thursday held a media conference at the Commando Hall in Katutura, Windhoek to clarify what their objectives are.
Henny Seibeb, an activist and member of the working group of the movement said in a statement they want to ensure restorative justice for landless Namibians by reclaiming ancestral land and correcting the historical injustices of the past.
Our objective is to advocate for fair and just land reform, Seibeb said.
The Landless Peoples Movement plans to hold a peaceful march on 14 February, when Parliament officially opens for 2017.
Lydia Kandetu, Secretary to the National Assembly (NA) said in a statement on Wednesday 14 February is an important day on the Parliament calendar as this is when the legislature officially opens. The statement asked that the movement as a matter of courtesy and respect for State procedures postpone their activity to a later date.
She further stated that this should be done by following the laid down procedures and not in an opportunistic chaos-infused manner.
Seibeb said the movement rejects these statements.
He also said during the march, they will call for the removal of Utoni Nujoma as Land Reform Minister.
During the opening of the 2017 legal year on Wednesday, President Hage Geingob said the tabling of the Land Bill will be postponed to allow for a national dialogue where the land issue will be thoroughly interrogated and for input before the second National Land Conference scheduled for September this year.
The first Land Conference was held in 1991.
Seibeb urged all Namibians to join the march next Tuesday to submit a petition on their grievances to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi.