Ombudswoman calls for solution to land expropriation cases

Angolan Ombudswoman Florbela Rocha Araújo has called on the Government officials to find a solution to the problems related to conflicts resulting from the expropriation of land, both for construction of homes and other social infrastructures.

Florbela Araújo made the appeal on Friday in the south-west Namibe province at the end of her visit to the local University.

She stressed that every Angolan citizen has the right to land, because when it is occupied, the State should compensate those who built on it.

This compensation, according to the Ombudswoman, should be fair so that no one detects prejudice, thus avoiding problems between the parties involved.

The official said that her visit to Namibe is part of the programme with her Zambian counterpart, in order to strengthen cooperation ties and share experiences.

She also said that the Zambian Ombudswoman came in search of experiences, especially in the Namibe province, where the Ombudsman Office has played, with dynamism, its role in seeking solutions to the problems of citizens.

“The Zambian Ombudswoman also showed interest in visiting the University of Namibe to learn how it operates and the quality of the marine resources laboratories,” she said.

According to her, it is to this purpose, the Zambians have expressed interest in sending staff to Namibe for training in navigation and marine resources, while Angola plans to send students to attend human rights courses in neighbouring country.

In addition to the complaints and resolving citizens’ rights, the Ombudsman Office has also been working on prevention.

In 2022, the institution received over 4,500 complaints from across the country.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)