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|Title:||Land, restitution and traditional authorities in Namibia’s agrarian reform|
Ancestral land claims
|Abstract:||The land reform process in Namibia has been based on the official policy of “nation- building” which attempts to ignore the existence of ethnic differences and tensions. The government has refused both to accept claims to ancestral lands by communities dispossessed during colonial times and to recognise as “indigenous” any of the Namibian communities. The Government has also restricted the power of Traditional Authorities over land in Communal Areas. Land acquired from white farmers is, therefore, redistributed to “African” beneficiaries regardless of their ethnic identity or their history of dispossession, and plots can thus be allocated to people who were never deprived of their land. This article tries to analyse the reasons behind this policy, and to show how it makes many ethnic communities feel discriminated and unfairly treated.|
|Appears in Collections:||CEI-CRN - Comunicações a conferências nacionais|
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