Windhoek – Namibian Minister of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, Carl Schlettwein, says the government remains committed to meaningful land reform that redresses historical injustices and contributes to broad-based development and empowerment.
Inaugurating communal land boards this week, Minister Schlettwein said President Hage Geingob’s administration would continue to pursue land reforms in a transparent and progressive manner.
“Our commitment to land reform is genuine. Our course is to promote a peaceful land administration throughout our country (and we will) ensure functional communal land administration throughout all our 13 regions where communal is found,” he said.
The minister said the government was resolute on the matter of fair land allocations, and promotion of peace and security within and between communities for the sake of promotion of development.
He said the government had made great inroads in registering, transferring and resolving land issues, and it was now working hard on clearing an outstanding 30,007 applications for land rights.
Minister Schlettwein said allocations of unreasonably huge tracts of land remained an issue of concern, with some holdings significantly exceeded set regulations.
“This is in contravention of the provisions of the Communal Land Reform Act. Many of those allocations have led to unnecessary disputes and litigation processes. I thus, urge all, to refrain from this practice and be compliant to the provisions of the Second National Land Conference which called for preservation of commonage, removal of illegal fences, among others,” the minister said.
He said there was a deliberate drive to appoint more women and young people to the communal land boardsThose in authority were encouraged to nominate more women and youth to land boards. There are at present 181 people appointed to the land boards across the country, and 75 of them – or 41 percent – are women.