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Consultative meeting on land kicks off in Rundu

RUNDU, 17 JUL (NAMPA) - The Kavango East Region consultative meeting in preparation of the second national Land Conference slated for September, kicked-off in Rundu on Monday.
The two-day meeting is attended by Regional Governor, Dr Samuel Mbambo, local councillors, traditional leaders, officials from the Ministry of Land Reform and the public.
Opening the gathering, Mbambo said the land question is a political, social and economic issue, which is about addressing dispossession, equality and promoting productive and sustainable livelihoods through the implementation of programmes aimed at poverty eradication.
After the first Land Conference held in 1991, the ministry found it important to once again re-group, consult and accord the Namibian nation the platform to contribute to the direction that the land reform process should take, said Mbambo.
He explained that a call was made to all stakeholders to review the progress made, challenges encountered and propose ways to expedite the land reform programme.
I cannot over emphasise the importance of this workshop and the ones that have preceded this one in August 2016, Mbambo said.
A year after independence in 1990, Government steered a national discussion on the land issue, which mainly culminated in the National Conference on Land Reform and the Land Question.
Minister of Land Reform, Utoni Nujoma launched the second National Conference on Land Reform in August 2016.
During the launch, Nujoma said institutions that deal with land administration would be combined to benefit from an effective and efficient land administration process.
Landless Namibians feel that the 1991 conference mostly concentrated on agricultural land while issues of residential and other land matters were not discussed.

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