Expropriate with compensation

The constitutional expert says half the agricultural, currently owned by white farmers, can be nationalised in some way.

20 September 2018 | Agriculture

JEMIMA BEUKES





Constitutional expert, Professor Nico Horn, believes that half the land currently owned by white farmers can be nationalised in some way, with just compensation being paid.

“Now with the Namibia Statistics Agency statistics we have seen 70% of (agricultural) land belongs to white farmers. Now think if half of those farms are nationalised in some way or another or expropriated with just compensation, as the president promised… then you can have 4 000 families resettled on those farms,” he told Namibian Sun yesterday.

Since the start of the week civil society organisations and traditional authorities have threatened to boycott next month's national land indaba, if government refuses to release the master list of resettlement beneficiaries, among other demands.

The Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement and Landless People's Movement (LPM) have already declared the conference predetermined and an absolute farce.

“I hear LPM is not going to attend, but I think they should attend it, even if it just to let all the voices be heard. If AR and LPM is not going to attend and the white farmers unions are not going to attend, what will happen? It is just going to be a brainstorming meeting for civil servants,” Horn said.

He is particularly worried that there seems to be no clear plan or indication of a speaker's list.

To date there has been no official agenda or participant list disclosed to the media, but these documents have been leaked on social media.

This has been a bone of contention for Namibian activists, who are continually raising their voices over government's failure to address landlessness.

Horn is of the opinion that government should interrogate the kinds of land ownership, and divide and address the different needs of the country's citizens, in terms of land.

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