InformAfrica – The Namibian government has proposed a new land ownership bill that seeks to ban foreigners from owning agricultural, commercial and communal lands in the country, InformAfrica have gathered. Majority of the land is reportedly owned by White Namibians. 😞
According to new reports from Africa News Agency (ANA), the Land Bill of 2016 tabled in Parliament by Namibia land minister Utoni Nujoma on Friday (Nov. 11, 2016), proposed a raft of amendments to the Agricultural Commercial Land Reform Act of 1995 and the Communal Land Reform Act of 2002.
Nujoma said if passed without amendment, the bill would complement the expropriation laws gazetted by his ministry on 1 September, 2016 to compliment the willing-buyer, willing-seller clause which requires farmers to offer their land to government before considering other potential buyers.
“It is envisaged that the process of expropriation would respond to the legal loopholes that were applied by some to circumvent the provisions of the Land Act, particularly Section 17, which vests in the state the preferential right to buy land,” Nujoma said.
Utoni Daniel Nujoma has served in the government of Namibia as Minister of Land Reform since 2015.
According to figures from Namibia’s Ministry of Agriculture, 141 of the 281 foreigners who own prime land in Namibia are Germans. However, the bill does not propose to prevent foreigners from owning land in urban areas.
Information gathered from This Is Africa, reveals today’s white Namibians are the descendants of the German and South African colonizers who ruled the country from 1844 to 1990. They make up 6% of the population, but, having held on to the privileges of apartheid, control 90% of the land: 40% of this land is commercial and fenced off, and considered private property. Some of its owners are absentee European landowners who live permanently in Italy, Germany and elsewhere.
In today’s post-apartheid and post-colonization era, how can Africa truly move forward when we don’t own majority of our land?
News credit: Africa News Agency / ENCA