I am writing this letter to all the Namibians who feels oppressed and not recognised by the current Government and its administrations when it comes to issue of land reform. The current government is deliberately ignoring the call from the indigenous people who are the victims of stolen land and who are calling for the postponement of the submission or contribution to the land bill to be after the proposed land conference planned for September this year.
This Land Bill is planned to guide us to lead us to govern us when it comes to land reform issues as the current Acts In place was formed on the basis of the resolutions of the 1st Land Conference Of 1991. But the very same people whom the law is promulgated for are the once calling to be shifted until the land conference have taken place. But the Minister is reluctant to respond positively to the request of the indigenous people and real Namibians who have lost land through the Burrell of gun. These are the people who experience the very first 20 century Genocide.
These are people who have been robbed their land, properties, livestock, culture, language and of which their mother and sister have been raped by the very same people who stole their land that are been protected by the current administration. What is the rush with the tabling of the land bill? Or does it tell us that in reality there is no land conference we just been brain wash by the government to soften our voice and apatite towards the land that we urgently want.
The Minister of land reform to tell us that the ancestral land is not on the government agenda is provoking and bias position to benefit the majority who are today on their ancestral land but keep on benefiting from our ancestors land through their fake resettlement programme. Calling us as unpatriotic to request for ancestral it has lot to be desired about the ability of the minister to hold any public office. Infect the reason why we want to go back to our ancestors land is because we reject to stay at settlement areas created by Colonial regime as Bantustan settlement and now to the contrary you are telling us that if want to go back where we belong is a promotion of Bantustan and being unpatriotic in fact you are the one who is forcing us to remain at the settlement created by the imperialist whom you cherish today at our expenses.
If all of us can understand the word resettlement and implement it according to its academic meaning not through its contaminated political meaning all of us could have been happy. However, land have been as a token of appreciation to those only who participated in the liberation struggle but indeed who never lost land neither their ancestors.” Their blood watered our Freedom” My blood will give back the land to the rightful owners” let’s die fighting. Time has come for those on the southern border of Oshivelo to stand up against this bias allocation of our land and to instruct the government to immediately stop and freeze the resettlement program until the land conference has taken place.
Failure to stop the resettlement programme will justify our time to occupy all resettlement farms that are empty until our call have been heard. They can equip their NDF and Namibian Police with all ammunition let’s die fighting for the good course that we believe in, my blood will give back the ancestral land back to my child and grandchildren after they have killed me for occupying my ancestral land. If the struggle kids can get it what they want, when are we going to get what we want?
If the Plan fighters can get what they wanted and the law is made in their favour when are we going to benefit from our plight of equitable land redistribution. Affirmative Action Act, give advantage to the formally disadvantage black community and in some instance advantage white woman. The war veteran act benefit a group of people who participated in the liberation struggle. Where is our Act of those who lost land during the colonial era. Only few hours left for NEEF to be a law that will again disadvantage the white people and give over the benefit they have experienced since 1890, when are we going to get our land back from the same people who have benefited and build wealth over years from our stolen wealth. The land that was taken from our father has been made a National programme for equal redistribution, the Genocide negotiations is being Nationalise when will the Government craft law to our benefit and protect us as our government.
For how long will our government work against us do you really deserved to be called our government? I don’t think so and this will constitute the call for “Let us die fighting” until we get the government that represent our interest and aspirations. Anything that does not benefit people from the Northern Oshivelo gate is call unpatriotic, tribalism, Bantustan but anything that benefit people from northern cordon fence without people from southern cordon fence is call Nationalism or One Namibia One Nation. We have wearer the oppression and discrimination for the past 27 years and enough is enough. Therefore, I am calling upon our fellow Namibians to come to their original sense that indeed they did not lose any ancestral land therefore the land must be given to those who really lose their ancestors land.
“You can fool some people some time but you can’t fool all the people all the time” “let’s die fighting” yours landless with tears.
Vetaruhe Kandorozu is the Okakarara Constituency Councillor as well as the deputy secretary general of NUDO.