By Eliaser Ndeyanale
THE Ministry of Land Reform has said it will avail an opportunity for stakeholders to submit comments for consideration into the Land Bill.
Land Reform Minister Utoni Nujoma withdrew the Bill which sought to consolidate the Agricultural Commercial Land Reform Act (Act 6 of 1995) as amended, and the Communal Land Reform Act (Act 6 of 2002) as amended into one Land Act from the National Assembly to allow for further consultations after complaints from opposition parties who had complained that the Bill was supposed to be informed by the second land conference which was postponed indefinitely by the Minister.
The second national land conference was slated for end of this year.
“The ministry has consulted widely on the Land Bill but having withdrawn the document from the National Assembly, the Ministry of Land Reform is once again availing an opportunity to all Namibians, be it individuals, civil society organisations, communities, traditional authorities, political parties, academia, farmer associations, NGOs to submit inputs to the ministry for consideration into the Land Bill. Inputs and comments written in the official language should be hand delivered or emailed to Peter.Amutenya@mlr.gov.na or faxed to 061-228240 during the period of December 15 to January 16,” the statement reads.
About three weeks ago when Nujoma withdrew the Bill, he said he was compelled to do so in light of the many questions raised by parliamentarians during the debate.
“The bill will be back next year, we need to have proper consensus on the bill,” he said.
The withdrawal follows calls by opposition Members of Parliament that the bill be reconsidered and only tabled after a land conference is held that will take all viewpoints in consideration.
Some opposition MPs then said the bill could never be effective if it did not address the question of ancestral land as well as residential land.
However, Nujoma said that the bill had nothing to do with ancestral land, as it was only an administrative bill.
“Most of the things raised here do not have anything to do with the Land Bill. I have noted all the questions and will reply to each one when we discuss the bill again next year,” said Nujoma.
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