Swanu promises genocide reparations in election manifesto

WINDHOEK; The Swanu of Namibia party on Saturday launched its election manifesto under the theme “Vote Swanu for land, wealth, education, social justice and accountability”.

Swanu president Usutuaije Maamberua said during the event in the capital the manifesto’s slogan ‘Caring and Sharing’ points towards a government which truly cares for its entire population and promotes values of equality in all aspects of society.

“Namibia needs forward-thinking leadership rather than reactionary policies, and Swanu’s history is a testament to the party’s farsightedness and trustworthiness,” he said in view of the presidential and National Assembly elections in November this year.

Maamberua said immediately when Swanu is in power, a genocide-reparation negotiations’ team will be established, which will consist of among others representatives of genocide victims and Government as well as international experts.

Swanu, which was formed in 1959, has five priority areas – land, wealth, education, social justice and accountability.

Its leader said these overlap in more ways than one, because true progress in one area will have a domino effect on the rest.

On land and access to economic justice, Maamberua said ancestral land matters will be re-opened for discussion.

“Any citizen living below the poverty line will be compensated by the State to be brought above the poverty line. Renewable energy will be subsidised, and environment protection will be prioritised,” he promised.

Maamberua further said that under Swanu rule, land will be nationalised, so that all land will be owned on leasehold only, while health care will be free to all citizens.

He said all schools and Government institutions will be fully equipped with information and communication technology; education will be free from primary up to tertiary level; and there will be vocational training institutions in all 14 regions.

Under Swanu, resettlement farms will only be available for those most in need, while training and farming equipment provisions will be included.

On the country’s natural resources, Maamberua said the State-owned Epangelo Mining Company will be a 50 per cent shareholder in all types of mineral mining companies, and these shares will be kept in a Trust to benefit all Namibians.

“Until such time that Namibia has attained food self-sufficiency and food security, no taxes on food stuff will be levied; fishing quotas will only be made available to the poor; and water and electricity will be a basic right, while all regional electricity distributors (Reds) will be abolished,” he said.

The Swanu leader said full employment will become the main mandate of the Bank of Namibia and the National Planning Commission, which will be part of the Ministry of Finance under the Swanu-led government.

In its quest to provide social justice to the citizens of the country, Swanu will provide counseling, rehabilitation, foster parenting, as well as old-age homes for the elderly countrywide.

He, however, commended Government for the implementation of Vision 2030, but said the lack of accountability and poor execution on the part of many Government ministries threatens its attainment, and Namibia will fail in delivering on its vision of an industrialised country in the remaining 16 years.

“Vote for Namibia’s oldest party. Vote for the party that has always and will continue to fight for all Namibians, particularly those Namibians who are disenfranchised and marginalised. Vote Swanu of Namibia and keep the flame of true freedom alight!’’ he exclaimed.