Namibia’s land question remains a vexing, complex and emotive matter, said Namibian President Hage Geingob in his State of the Nation Address on Wednesday.

According to the president, the willing-buyer, willing-seller principle” adopted after independence by the government has not produced the required results.

“In my first State of the Nation Address I directed that a second National Land Conference be held,” he said.

Due to the need for wider consultation, the conference was postponed and is now set to take place in the first week of Oct. 2018, he added.

Geingob said the upcoming conference will seek to address the structure of land ownership and debate on the willing-seller, willing-buyer principle; Ancestral land claims for restitution; Expropriation in public interest with just compensation, as provided for in our Constitution; Urban land reform and Resettlement Criteria as well as the Veterinary Cordon Fence.

In 2017 at a workshop on the land conference, Khomas governor, Laura McLeod Katjirua, said that land has been a fundamental issue in the struggle for liberation and is the fundamental basis of all wealth and power is the ownership and acquisition of leasehold title to land.
Namibia’s first national Land Conference was held in 1991. Enditem.

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