Namibia: NA Mulls Property Rights for Communal Areas

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

THE National Assembly has adopted a motion on modernising property rights in Namibia to enable people living in settlements and rural areas to gain ownership titles.

This will give them the necessary collateral to qualify for bank loans.

A member of the DTA party, McHenry Venaani, tabled the motion and the debate concluded last Wednesday.

“There exists a need for entrenching property rights to many rural poor as a form of addressing wealth and empowering Namibian citizens through what they already owned,” said Venaani.

“Half of the land space in Namibia is communal land and no property rights exist there. This should change,” the DTA politician said.

Source: The Namibian (Windhoek), Brigitte Weidlich (link opens in a new window)