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Namibia embark on land reforms to promote black ownership

President of Namibia, Hage Geingob has called for a change in his country’s constitution to allow for the government to expropriate land and redistribute to the black majority population. Namibia intends to transfer 43%, about 15 million hectares of its arable land to economically displaced and disadvantaged blacks by 2020. According to the Namibian Agriculture Union, at the end of 2015, 27% of land has been redistributed.

Twenty-eight years after the Southern African country gained independence from Colonial Germany, land just like in South Africa is skewed along racial divides with the major black population being disadvantaged. Thousands of native Namibians were driven off their lands in the 19th and 20th centuries and sent off to crowded and unconducive homelands called Bantustans and being denied official right to own land titles.

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