FARM ONDERA, 27 MAR – Vice President Nangolo Mbumba has urged various stakeholders in the second national land conference to prepare adequately to ensure there is no adverse effects for the country or its economy.
Speaking to Nampa last week on his 40th day since being appointed in the second highest office in the land, Mbumba said Namibians should go into the conference with the sole intention of addressing the contentious land issue.
He said when President Hage Geingob or Cabinet decides on the date for the highly anticipated conference, all stakeholders must be ready.
“The land conference will take place this year, so let us organise ourselves. Let us write. Let us consult. Let us have the spirit of going to the land conference to resolve the issue,” Mbumba urged.
He said the conference should not be used as a platform to settle political scores and create havoc.
“It should be approached in the Namibian way to reach a consensus on how to deal with the issue of land.”
He reiterated that everyone should come prepared.
“Everybody… the marginalised, those who can’t buy land themselves. Those who need money to buy land. Those who talk ancestral land. Let them come with a programme without destroying the economy, without destroying the country and creating havoc in the country.”
The land conference has been postponed twice in the last two years. Reasons cited for the rescheduling were lack of funds and inadequate consultations.
On his new job, Mbumba said he had to adjust instantly to the life of a vice president and hit the ground running.
“In terms of the office, I concentrated on the issues of the marginalised; the issues of disabilities and of the veterans,” said Mbumba, adding that he has equally been hands-on with assignments delegated to him by the president.
He said the transition from being Swapo secretary-general to becoming second to Geingob in Government has not been an easy exercise.
However, his wealth of experience after having served as minister in various portfolios has made it easier to adopt the role.
“The most important thing is that I have to stick to the job, not to the ‘excellency’ and other things. That’s why I don’t want the excellency title.”
Geingob appointed Mbumba as vice president after his predecessor, Nickey Iyambo, vacated the post on health grounds on 08 February 2018.