OTJIWARONGO: Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Rapama Kamehozu has condemned threats made by Okakarara Constituency Councillor Vetaruhe Kandorozu that the OvaHerero people will forcefully take back land lost during the 1904-1908 war of resistance.
The governor said this in an interview with Nampa on Monday.
Kandorozu had threatened while speaking at the commemoration of the battle of Ohamakari in the Okakarara area on Saturday that the OvaHerero people would emulate the example of Zimbabwe, and forcefully take back the land they lost when scores of OvaHerero were exterminated between 1904 and 1908.
Kandorozu also accused Government of failing to assist the OvaHerero in reclaiming their land, which was lost during the war.
The councillor then threatened to mobilise the OvaHerero to grab farmlands by force so that Government could start to listen to their demands on land issues
The OvaHerero Traditional Authority’s advisor Dr Hoze Riruako later joined Kandorozu in slating Government for the way it handles land issues, focusing specifically on the resettlement programme.
The Ministry of Lands and Resettlement (MLR) introduced the registration of customary land rights in communal areas for areas of up to 20 hectares of land.
Riruako furthermore claimed that Government implemented the resettlement policy in order to meet the needs of “some tribes residing in other parts of the country”.
On Monday, Kamehozu said he felt embarrassed on Saturday after having listened to Kandorozu and other speakers badmouthing the Government of the Republic of Namibia.
He said the behaviour of Kandorozu and other speakers, whose names he did not mention, should be “strongly condemned”.
The governor further stated that Namibia has a procedure outlined in its Ministry of Lands and Resettlement policy documents for the acquisition of land, and this is the procedure which should be ‘preached’ to all citizens.
“I will not attend their social meetings anymore. I even left on Saturday halfway through the meeting because I was embarrassed to sit there and listen to them disrespecting our Government,” stressed Kamehozu.
The Public Relations’ Officer (PRO) in the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement, Chrispin Matongela on Monday told this agency that his ministry will pronounce itself on the matter in due course.