Mutjavikua: everyone should benefit from land

SWAKOPMUND

27 July 2018 | Government

The regional consultations for the second land conference recently took place at the Mondesa Multi-purpose Centre in Swakopmund.

Speaking at the occasion, the governor of the Erongo region, Cleophas Mutjavikua, said that everyone including poor people should benefit from land.

“It is important to note that the poor people are the majority and severely affected when it comes to land allocation, therefore let us look at how best land allocation will benefit all, not some or certain individuals.”

“Land remains the focal point for all socio-economic development therefore, proper planning and implementation of this wanted commodity is indispensable. Let us put heads together as a region to ensure that people in the Erongo region and the country at large have equitable access to land and security of tenure regardless of their standing in society, and that they become self-supportive, and promote sustainable use of land as a resource,” said Mutjavikua

The governor assured stakeholders who attended that the government is looking for amicable land solutions to issues which derive from past injustices.

“The land question is a political, environmental, social and economic issue which requires all stakeholders to be involved and find ways to share the scarce resource equitably. We all know the imbalances cultivated by the colonial dispensation error and the government is trying its utmost to address past discriminatory injustice for the betterment of all Namibians.

“Allow me to emphasize that we lost land and people suffered in the past, thus it is time for the regions and the country to re-look and re-examine the best modalities to address equitable land re-distribution in our country,” he said.

Another member of the public, Ismael Naweseb, a community member from the !Oe Gan traditional authority expressed his concern on how foreign companies exploring the area for mining.

According to him, these companies dig up land everywhere, they do not compensate the workers that well and end up making the communal areas very small as well.

“These companies must come and explore but be given conditions before exploring. These conditions can include providing water to that community,” he said.

The land conference regional consultation was held with the aim of collecting and soliciting opinions, inputs and comments on how best to re-address land allocation, administration in the region and the country. The discussions will be used for the second land conference which will take place in September.

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