July 24, 2021

Namibia plans to study expropriation to change the distribution of land

Namibia plans to study expropriation to change the distribution of land



The president of Namibia, Hage Geingob, pleaded today to study new channels, including "expropriation", to achieve results in the process of redistribution of land ownership, given that most of the resources of the country are in the hands of the white minority.

During the opening speech of the second National Conference on the Earth, held today in Windhoek, Geingob noted that there is "consensus" in the country that "the principle of willing seller and willing buyer has not yielded the desired results" in the years since the official independence of South Africa (1990), according to the local newspaper New Era.

For this reason, the Namibian president advocated giving "careful consideration" to the path of "expropriation", when it is in the public interest, to promote agrarian reform in the country.

This should be applied, as indicated, with compensation that, although not "fair", is "legal".

Consequently, Geingob encouraged studying the constitutional provisions that would allow expropriation, especially in cases such as those in which the owners are foreigners absent from the country.

During the first day of the conference, which will last until the 5th, there were also other outstanding speakers such as the ex-presidents Sam Nujoma (1990-2005) and Hifikepunye Pohamba (2005-2015), who defended more extreme measures such as calling a referendum to give more powers to the State to requisition lands.

Namibia, which was under South African control since the end of World War I and also suffered under the domination of the white minority, is among the most unequal nations in the world.

Although there is only 6% of the white population, this sector controls most of the country's economic resources.

Through an agrarian reform, the Government seeks that by 2020 43% of the land is no longer in the hands of the descendants of Europeans.

In neighboring South Africa, a similar debate is open and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said in early August that his party will push for a change in the Constitution that makes more explicit the possibility of expropriating land without compensation.

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