Namibian president calls on SADC to urgently address land issue

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Namibian President Hage Geingob has called on Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states to urgently address the land question. He is on a three-day state visit to Zimbabwe.

Geingob will also open the Zimbabwean International Trade fair on Tuesday.

While the two SADC member countries cement relations, President Robert Mugabe reminded attendees of the road they had travelled to attain freedom.

“We share the conviction that given the price that was paid to make us free.”

His Namibian counterpart President Geingob weighed in on the issue of land, as SADC member countries, including South Africa battle with restitution.

“We are going to have a second land conference around September where we can sit down and interrogate this issue. We can’t hide away from it, we can’t hide away from the fact that some people are still left out after 27 years of independence.”

The Namibian president said Zimbabwe was beginning to see the fruits of its land reform exercise as it is expecting a good harvest in 2017 and that Namibia can learn valuable lessons from Zimbabwe.

– By Sophie Mokoena