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By Job Shipululo Amupanda
The militant SPYL notes, with disgust, the opportunistic and selfish attempts by a white settler's organization, Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU), of misinterpreting the comment of the Prime Minister Comrade Dr. Hage Geingob on the land reform. What the Vice President meant was that the government has been patient and waiting for the settler to voluntarily surrender land to avoid the Zimbabwe-style land reform.

It can never be correct, as suggested by the settler's organization, that we are suggesting that land must remain with the settler. The settler, in his attempt to claim a false victory, seeks to suggest that there is something wrong with the successful Zimbabwestyle land reform. We remind the settler of the words of Amilcar Cabral in that tell no lies and claim no easy victories. Factually around 4,000 formerly white farms are now occupied by 170,000 Zimbabwean black families.

Today these families are engaged in serious production for both domestic and external consumption. This has prompted the World Bank to pronounce that Zimbabwe's total agriculture production has almost returned to the average of the 1990s, the decade before land reform and accepts that black farmers are reaching the production level of the former white farmers. This is the truth and the settler must tell no lies by claiming easy victories.

This very same settler maintains a deliberate silence on matters that concern our people such as poverty, inequality and unemployment but gets vocal when land and means of production are mentioned. The settler maintains the same silence and never congratulates government onachievements such as Free Education and Infrastructural development. The misrepresentation of our Vice President comment by the settler exposes the long standing character of the settler; selfish, opportunistic and desirous of keeping our land forever.

The SWAPO Party policy posture on land reform is clear. Land reform and weaknesses of willing buyer - willing seller are resolution and declaration of the SWAPO Party Congress and Policy Conference of 2012. The same was also resolved and declared as such by the SPYL congress and policy conference of 2012. Moreover, the theme of the congress of the SWAPO Party Elders council of 2012 was also on land reform and made many resolutions that are clear on the path of action.

In his last State of the Nation address, President Pohamba spoke candidly about land Reform and how it has not delivered the desired results for the landless majority. He indirectly asked us the Vladimir Lenin question; What is To be Done? We are busy answering this question in the following methodical manner; firstly, we busy consolidating the Discussion Paper on the Land Question that comes after the recent successful Young Professionals lecture of SPYL where the following was established;

1. The judgment on the Kessl expropriation case of 2008 shows that government lost the case on technicalities and not on merit. We can expropriate given we observe minimal guidelines.

2. There has been a liberal misreading of Article 16 (2) of the Namibian Constitution; the article says Government can pay just compensation and this doesn't mean "Market related."

3. That the Affirmative Action Loan book at Agricultural Bank of Namibia shows that those benefiting from land resettlement are in the main the retired citizens (averaging between 65 and 75)

4. That Government must intervene decisively with policy certainty on the land question as per the Constitution for public interest and not zigzag.

5. That young people must be at the forefront of the land question.

6. That the successful Zimbabwe- style land reforms should be perused and lessons drawn After the Discussion Paper on the land Question is concluded and released with its recommendations endorsed by our structures, we will proceed as follows;

1. Persuade the SWAPO party leadership to endorse our Discussion Document on the Land Question.

2. Call for a National Referendum on the Land Question.

3. Agitate and convince Parliament to enact a law based on the outcome of the referendum. The settler's organization, the NAU, should know that years of strawberry-policy will soon come to an end. Radical Land reform will happen whether in the next 5 years or the next 15 years. The successful Zimbabwe-style land reform option remains on the table.

Job Shipululo Amupanda,
SPYL Spokesperson Website: www.spyl.org | Twitter: @SPYLNamibia | Facebook Group : SWAPO YOUTH LEAGUE |Facebook Page: Militant SPYL


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