Tell the Good Story, Urges Pohamba

PRESIDENT Hifikepunye Pohamba has urged Swapo party leaders to tell voters the achievements of the ruling party when they hit the campaign trail for the upcoming national elections.

The President was speaking at the opening of the Swapo central committee meeting in Windhoek on Friday where he briefed members of the successes made in key sectors such as education, agriculture, infrastructure, fisheries, energy as well as plans for the housing sector.

“This is the message we must convey to the electorate as we prepare for the upcoming elections,” he said.

Pohamba said examples of successful projects initiated by Swapo include various capital and economic development initiatives such as construction of roads, railways, schools, health facilities and water supply pipelines. He spoke of increased old people’s pension, social grants, school enrolment, especially of girls and the abolishment of school fees in primary schools.

Pohamba mentioned the mass housing, health, electrification of rural areas, green scheme projects and fishing as sectors that were doing well.

He singled out the Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth programme as a project to create employment although it had failed to reach the target set by government.

In 2011, the government pledged to create 104 000 jobs over three years under the programme with a budget provision of N$14,5 billion. However only 83 000 jobs were created, including 15 829 permanent ones. Pohamba also reiterated his call for political maturity and tolerance to the party leadership.

“It is important to ensure that all political campaigns are conducted in a peaceful manner. There should be no intimidation, provocation or such acts before or after elections,” Pohamba said.

Swapo secretary general Nangolo Mbumba expressed disappointment that many eligible voters did not register for the local authority authority elections because of the absence of proof of residence as required by the Electoral Commission of Namibia.

“The central committee expressed its satisfaction when it was informed that amendments to the law are at an aanced stage. The committee urged those responsible for the amendments to expedite the process in order to enable the voters to exercise their democratic right,” he said.

The CC also approved the members of the Swapo party national committee that will be chaired by Pohamba for the 2014 presidential and national assembly elections.

The names of members of this committee were however not revealed.

Source : The Namibian