Another African nation seems to be taking inspiration from South Africa's decision to lawfully seize land from white owners in order to redistribute it back to its black residents.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has defended that decision, saying expropriation would "undo a grave historical injustice" black people suffered during 19th and 20th centuries colonial and apartheid eras, News 24 reports.
Monday, Namibia's president, Hage Geingob, announced he'd like his country to follow suit.
According to Reuters, Geingob called for a change to the constitution that would allow 43 percent of Namibia's crop-based land to be expropriated and redistributed to disadvantaged black residents by the year 2020.
“The willing-buyer/willing-seller principle has not delivered results," Geingob said. "Careful consideration should be given to expropriation.”
The Namibia Agriculture Union confirmed only 27 percent of available land had been redistributed at the end of 2015.
“We need to revisit constitutional provisions which allow for the expropriation of land with just compensation, as opposed to fair compensation, and look at foreign ownership of land, especially absentee land owners,” the president continued.
Geingob also called on the process to be peaceful.
“It is in all our interest, particularly the 'haves,' to ensure a drastic reduction in inequality, by supporting the redistributive model required to alter our skewed economic structure. We should all be cognizant of the fact that this is ultimately an investment in peace,” said Geingob.
Zimbabwe, one of the first countries to seize land from its white citizens for redistribution to its black citizens, began giving some seized land back this year.
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