Swapo is lying - WRP

28 September 2018 | Politics

The Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP) has accused Swapo of distorting the resolutions taken on ancestral land at the country's first land conference held in 1991.

WRP political secretary Hewat Beukes said this week the country's second land conference is a N$15 million spectacle for the Swapo-led government to sell itself and keep dispossessed communities landless, while maintaining a white economically-dominated society.

Beukes said the conference was aimed at publicly declaring and publicising Swapo policies and plans to develop legislation aimed at burying land demands by the dispossessed.

“The claim that the first land conference had unanimously decided to disregard dispossession on the grounds of clashing claims to ancestral land is devoid of any truth. Newspaper articles and documents from the first conference showed just the opposite.

“Reports showed that the majority of the conference demanded the restoration of land immediately to dispossessed communities.

“There was a slogan, 'No land, No justice'. It is not true that the people abandoned claims to their so-called ancestral land, and decided to concentrate on the provision of farms in commercial areas to individuals,” said Beukes. WRP's position is that in 1884, the German Reich in terms of international law, illegally colonised independent nations that already held their own demarcated land under their own laws. “It had nothing to do with ancestral land. It was their own property in law and natural reality. Nothing from 1884 to 1990 occurred in the colonisation of Namibia which legalised the expropriation of land of the occupied peoples. We say that legality must be restored, before there can be talk of the rule of law.”

JEMIMA BEUKES

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