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Land, genocide, corruption high on Nudo’s 2021 agenda

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The National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) says the land question, progress on genocide and an anti-graft campaign sit high on its agenda for 2021.Dominated by fights, a power struggle and a post-2019 congress hangover, Nudo, according to its …

The National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) says the land question, progress on genocide and an anti-graft campaign sit high on its agenda for 2021.

Dominated by fights, a power struggle and a post-2019 congress hangover, Nudo, according to its secretary-general Joseph Kauandenge is a political party on the right trajectory.

The seasoned politician said this in a recent interview with Nampa that covered a plethora of issues, including its plans for the year.

Chiefly, Kauandenge said President Hage Geingob must come clean on the Fishrot scandal and take the public into its confidence. Corruption must be addressed head-on, he said.

He said Fishrot, Namibia’s biggest corruption syndicate to date, cannot be divorced from Geingob or his presidency.

It is also not enough for the president to remain silent on the matter simply because it is sub judice.

“Everything that happened with Fishrot happened under his watch. These ministers were in his Cabinet and he should have known what they were up to… We need serious answers from the president,” he said.

Geingob has continuously debunked ties linking him to Fishrot.

“I will not seek to jeopardise or influence the administration of justice through public statements induced by the media,” he said recently.

In addition, Nudo will robustly seek answers on the progress of the genocide talks between the Namibian and German governments.

“It’s high time that the genocide remembrance day should be promulgated… Last year, we heard that the prime minister will bring the report of Dr Ngavirue to Parliament to tell the nation where we are, but that did not happen. We will demand to get that report,” he said.

On land, he said: “The land question will forever remain on our agenda as a party because we represent people who have lost land. We are representing a society that wants their land to be given back to them.”

Kauandenge expressed pleasure with the report on the ancestral commission of inquiry, albeit with reservations.

“But we cannot end at the report of the commission. It must be actioned. This is what we want to push in this [National Assembly] session so that this commission’s recommendations can become effective,” Kauandenge said.

Source: Nampa