Old Habits Die Hard : Land Reform In Africa And Other Nations

Starting in Africa, Namibia’s colonial past had resulted in a situation where about 20% of the population (mostly white settlers) owned about 75 percent of all the land. It is the same crisis which South Africa is in, where the majority of the land is in the hands of the minority. Zimbawe has tried to correct this lawlessness but with dire repercussions, and now African leaders tasked with giving the land back to its rightful owners have to do so with caution. But first let’s listen to the former AU ambassador to the US, D.R Arikana Chihombori Quao

 

·         In 1990, shortly after Namibia achieved independence, its first president Sam Nujoma initiated a plan for land reform, in which land would be redistributed from whites to blacks. Legislation passed in September 1994, with a compulsory, compensated approach.

·          The land reform has been slow, mainly because Namibia’s constitution only allows land to be bought from farmers willing to sell. Also, the price of land is very high in Namibia, which further complicates the matter. By 2007, some 12% of the total commercial farmland in the country was taken away from white farmers and given to black citizens.

 

Although the Namibian government wants an unfair distribution of land between the black and white populations; some white farmers are fine with the way things are, and don’t want to share the land.

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