Visiting Namibian President Hage Geingob said he is in Zimbabwe to learn from President Robert Mugabe about how to implement his own country’s land reform programme.Speaking during a banquet held in his honour at State House in Harare on Wednesday night, Geingob said part of his mission during the state visit to Zimbabwe was to exchange notes with Mugabe on the key success factors and challenges for implementing land reforms.
“We will be holding a conference on land reforms in Namibia in September and I want to learn from my dear comrade Robert Mugabe on the process of implementing our own land reforms,” Geingob said.
He said it was unacceptable that 27 years after independence, Namibia remained one of the most unequal countries in the world, with the majority of the people landless and without access to means of production.
Land redistribution is a topical issue in Namibia where white commercial farmers own vast tracts of land while the majority blacks are crowded in communal areas.
Zimbabwe’s controversial land reform programme saw Mugabe forcibly taking farms from more than 4,000 white commercial farmers in the first decade of the 2000s.
The move however backfired as the newly resettled black farmers lacked knowledge to produce food on a commercial basis. This led to a drastic drop in food output and a rise in prices.