The Commission of Inquiry into Claims of Ancestral Land Rights and Restitution, in its report to President Hage Geingob, recommended that government remove illegal fences in communal areas as they have negative impacts on the livelihood of residents. The Namibia press agency reports that chief among these impacts is that the illegal fencing cuts off the villagers’ access to water resources, roads, and other villages, putting people who are not dependent on Government for their basic needs into poverty traps.