UPM to Re-Introduce Christianity in Schools

During its election manifesto launch in Karasburg over the weekend the United People’s Movement (UPM) pledged to bring back Christianity into the Namibian Education Systems, should they be voted into power.

The manifesto launched by Jan van Wyk, the party’s national chairperson, indicated the party will encourage Namibia to recognise the right to self-determination, to fully express the interests and rights of oppressed people, nationally and internationally and to fully utilise and use the constitutional platforms to reach this objective.

Another of the manifesto’s 16 objectives is to sincerely endeavour to support and respect the rights of all oppressed and minority groups and to demand the fair share of tax and national returns for each region in order to contribute towards essential development.

UPM also wants the equitable distribution of wealth, according to Van Wyk. He said that the south of the country contributes the most to the national treasury, but receives the least in terms of development.

UPM pledged to provide for sanitation, water and affordable standard housing in addition to address and eliminate social immoralities, including corrupt practices with a recall of all leadership that allows or are involved in corrupt practices. The manifesto also proposes to use parliament to articulate the aspirations of local authorities and ensure that “stewardship” becomes the key towards effective management at all levels of government.

According to the manifesto, the UPM will make the necessary sacrifices for the sake of responsibility or rather “stewardship”, towards God and towards the nation.

It will also make use of the parliamentary platform to oppose what says is the “continued discrimination” against former soldiers and former prisoners of war and continue the fight for these to be recognised as veterans to uplift their economic status and that of their families.

UPM further intends to use the parliament to address issues concerning the quality of life of pensioners, vulnerable children, people living with disabilities and those with social problems for the betterment of their economic status, the manifesto manifests.

It also said it will reveal bravery and courage to solicit support from other minority groups and together oppose selfish greed and eradicate it through disciplinary action.

UPM further wants to use the parliament as a platform to address issues regarding education, health, gender equality, gender based violence, economic and social agriculture and other important services at all levels of government.

Van Wyk said at the launch that the UPM does not promise everything, but was born to give a voice to the people that are tired of the empty promises of the ruling party and even the other opposition parties.

He said the problems Namibians face on a daily basis is the lack of respect for Christianity and its values. He asked his followers to give him the mandate to re-introduce christianity as a moral cornerstone back into society.

The UPM was established in 2009 and registered with the ECN on July 27, 2010. It contested local authority election in Rehoboth where they won two seats and in Okahandja where they also won one seat. The party also released its candidate list containing 34 names.

Source : New Era