WINDHOEK – The Namibia Non-Governmental Organisations Forum (NANGOF) wants the establishment of an inclusive body of stakeholders to monitor and implement the resolutions of the 2nd National Land Conference that will be formulated by delegates.
Civil Society Working Group convener Uhuru Dempers made the recommendation at the land conference on Monday.
He said the body should to be hosted in the Presidency or at the Office of the Prime Minister with clear terms of reference and a plan to work with.
He further suggested an inclusive technical committee be set up on various land use to provide advice and guidance to the body
“A particular temporary commission should be set up by the Presidency on various critical issues relating to land reform,” Dempers said.
He also wants a commission on ancestral land claims to be established and for an independent ancestral land claims tribunal to be launched.
He called for the development of a master plan for communal land development as part of national development plans with a focus on agrarian land reform.
Dempers wants government to undertake a detailed assessment and investigation on underutilised communal land including virgin lands and those captured by bush encroachment and a plan to develop those areas.
Furthermore, he recommended that “given the limitations and the failure to do thorough groundwork to ensure a successful outcome of the 2nd National Land Conference, the conference not to be conclusive but rater recommend processes that must be undertaken to resolve the critical issues to be identified”.
He said Namibians from all regions have proposed, through the regional reports, recommendations and resolutions that require further investigation, for example on expropriation of land for restorative justice or giving low income and urban poor free or highly subsidised land and housing.