Give back ancestral land - Swanu

28 September 2018 | Politics

Swanu president Tangeni Iijambo says it is of utmost importance that ancestral land be at the centre of any land discussions taking place in the country.

“The question of the return of the land that was expropriated and taken away by force from the impoverished natives of Namibia is a time bomb that must be defused soonest or else it is an invitation for anarchic situations,” he said.

Iijambo said Swapo is still protecting land wrongly owned by “the white minority”, and has allowed the “poor black majority” to suffer in poverty.

He said during a conference that paved the way for the formulation of the country's constitution, Swapo was in unison with the DTA, now renamed the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM).

“Hitherto, colonised Namibians did not have that much property for us to have succumbed to clauses of protection of private property.” Iijambo said as a result, the constitution does not entirely serve the interests of the impoverished masses and proletariat of the country.

“Swanu will, therefore, not buy into the mockery of this gross betrayal.”

Iijambo said recent calls by the Swapo Elders' Council not to implement ancestral land resolutions that may be taken at the county's second national land conference next week, is a clear indication of how the ignorance of the majority of Namibians is being exploited.

Iijambo said the only ones who can help the poor is themselves.

He said the poor constitute 90% of those voting for the ruling party.

“They must wake up, open their eyes and see what is going on, and cast their votes for the party which will cater for their wellbeing.”

Swanu believes the provision of fertile land to the poor majority will eliminate poverty and prevent the ill-fated influx of people into towns.

Iijambo said agricultural land is the livelihood of African natives.



ELLANIE SMIT

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