PDM, AR withdraw from second National Land Conference

PDM, AR withdraw from second National Land Conference
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Both the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) and Affirmative Repositioning (AR) group on Thursday announced that they will not attend the second National Land Conference.
PDM president, McHenry Venaani said in a statement that the party will not be used to legitimise a conference with a pre-determined outcome.
The official opposition party listed several reasons why they will not take part in the event.
The party stated, “the refusal to release the list of resettlement beneficiaries shrouded in secrecy creates unwarranted suspicions and undermines the fundamental ethos of transparency and accountability which the President repeatedly emphasised as key values of his administration.”
Apart from the alleged predetermined outcomes of the conference, revealed in leaked documents, PDM also mentioned time limits on presentations and the omission of certain traditional authorities as reasons for their withdrawal.
Both Landless People’s Movement (LPM) and AR also announced their withdrawal. They were invited last week after public outcry over their omission from the initial list of invitees.
AR said they will not participate because, among others, the “afterthought and legitimacy seeking 11th-hour invitation” as well as clear signs of a "choreographed and predetermined gimmick, the side-lining of urban land and the anti-radical, anti-leftist posture" of the conference.
Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila revealed that the list of participants swelled from 500 to well over 800.