Expropriation on land conference agenda

12 September 2018 | Agriculture

The country's second national land conference will discuss the expropriation of commercial agricultural land in the public interest, as well as restitution for ancestral land claims.

This was confirmed by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila during the unveiling of the official conference logo on Monday.

She said the conference, slated for 1 to 5 October, will in particular seek to address the structure of land ownership in Namibia.

It will also deliberate on what government can do further to fast-track the implementation of the 1991 land conference resolutions and related issues stemming from its post-independence land reform programme.

According to Kuugongelwa-Amadhila the logo represents Namibia as a living space for everyone, as well as its territorial boundaries.

The national colours represent the vegetation, the fauna and flora, the blood of the country's heroes and heroines and its rich marine and aquatic natural resources, while Namibian sun rising from the east represents the source of energy that gives life to the country's natural environment.

“The livestock and the cob of corn represent the agricultural potential of our land. The person working means whoever has access to land should work to contribute to the national economy; and the kudu represents our precious wildlife and reminds us to protect and conserve our environment for future generations and for the growth of our tourism sector,” the prime minister said.

Other issues to be discussed includes the willing buyer, willing seller principle, urban land reform and resettlement criteria, as well as the veterinary cordon fence, known as the red line. “As we informed you earlier, the high-level committee was inaugurated and the preparations for the conference are underway. I am pleased to inform you that the government conducted regional consultation workshops between 19 and 27 July this year, to ensure broader participation and inclusivity on matters related to land reform and administration,” she said. According to Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, the reports from the regional consultations will serve as resource materials to inform deliberations.

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