WINDHOEK, FEB 21 — Namibia’s president Hage Geingob on Thursday appointed a commission of inquiry into claims of ancestral land rights and restitution, in fulfillment of one of the resolutions of the 2nd Land Conference.
Fifteen officials were appointed to the Commission and the Director of Resettlement at Ministry of Land Reform Ndiakupi Nghituwamata was appointed as Secretary to the commission, the Namibia presidency said in a statement.
President Geingob said one of the main priorities of 2019 was to commence the implementation of the resolutions taken at the 2nd Land Conference which took place last year.
“There is no doubt that the issue of dispossession from ancestral land requires concerted efforts for healing and provision of social justice. The effects and aftershocks of the brutal policies of colonialism and apartheid continue to reverberate in the psyche of Namibians to this day,” he said.
According to the statement, the commission is tasked to investigate ancestral land claims and produce a report that will assist the government and affected parties to effectively implement the resolutions of the 2nd National Land Conference.
The commission is expected to report to the president on its findings and make relevant recommendations. – XINHUA