Namibia. In February, the government announced its
intention to pursue a policy whereby selected farms would be
expropriated, that is, the existing owner would be forced to
sell. This is to accelerate the redistribution of land from
white landowners who run large commercial farms to poor
black people without their own agricultural land. According
to countryaah, the
government has so far primarily implemented a policy based
on the fact that white farmers voluntarily sold their land,
but this has been deemed too inefficient and slow. In
November, a bill was proposed that would prohibit foreigners
from owning land in Namibia.
In late June, the Deputy Prime Minister, Netumbo
Nandi-Ndaitwah, visited North Korea. She then told the North
Korean regime that Namibia would end its cooperation with
two state-run North Korean companies. The Namibian
government made this decision after international pressure.
According to the UN, one company, Korea Mining Development
Trading Corporation, is engaged in arms trade, and the other
is a construction company. In recent years, North Korea has
been involved in the construction of a weapons factory and
several public monuments in Namibia. However, co-ordination
with the North Korean companies is considered contrary to
the sanctions decided by the UN Security Council and which
is part of the global community's strategy to persuade North
Korea to stop the development of nuclear weapons.
During the year, President Hage Geingob defended his
country's close ties to North Korea with the communist
dictatorship supporting the then liberation movement SWAPO
in the struggle for independence. Namibia will continue to
have diplomatic relations with North Korea.