By Maria Kandjungu
RALLY for Democracy and Progress Youth League (RDPYL) says that the settlement versus resettlement program has been used wrongly and there is a need to redefinition ahead of the landmark national Second Land Conference scheduled for October.
The wing’s secretary responsible for party organisation and political orientation, Steve Kevanhu further advised that the re-settlement program should look into resettling those who lost their land violently and fraudulently back on their original land. He added that settlement should rather allocate land to those that did not lose ancestral land due to colonial dispossession.
Kevanhu further pointed out that fairness, justice equality transparency restoration of dignity and preservation of culture are some of the most important key values that should guide institutions involved in the land and agrarian reform.
“The conference should have a deliberate effort to attempt to restore the dignity of our people that was destroyed by colonialism and imperialism. The Namibian culture has been disrupted and destroyed through land disposition in a violent and fraudulent manner and there must be a re-address to this,” Kevanhu said.
According to him, although the government policy of willing buyer, willing seller is still relevant however, there is a need for more creative ways to incentivise private land-owners to avail land to the state at affordable prices.
“To ensure that more land is available to the government to buy and resettle the landless Namibians, the State is advised to impose higher taxes on all land in excess of certain sizes to be determined in the respective agro-ecological zone,” he explained.
Kevanhu also advised that instead of talking of expropriation with or without compensation, government should let the levies do the convincing and the State should only buy what it can afford and not at inflated land prices.
Kevanhu further added that under no circumstances should the Namibian land be sold to foreigners and or companies and where this has taken place, by all means the government should find a way to buy it back and restore it back to the Namibians.
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