Namibia tables bill to ban foreign ownership of land – report

News 24 | 16 November 2016

Namibia’s lands minister Utoni Nujoma has reportedly tabled a bill that would see foreign nationals being barred from owning land in the southern African country.
Windhoek – Namibia’s lands minister Utoni Nujoma has reportedly tabled a bill that would see foreign nationals being barred from owning land in the southern African country.  According to eNCA the bill sought to bar foreigners from owning agricultural, commercial and communal land.  The new bill proposed a range of amendments to the Agricultural Commercial Land Reform Act of 1995 and the Communal Land Reform Act of 2002.
The minister reportedly believed that if the proposed bill could be passed without any amendments, it would be complementary to the expropriation laws gazetted by his ministry on September 1, 2016.  Foreigners in Namibia currently owned at least 281 farms which translated to 1.3 hectares, the report said.  http://www.farmlandgrab.org/post/view/26711-namibia-tables-bill-to-ban-foreign-ownership-of-land-report

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