PDM launches party manifesto

Less than 100 people gathered at the Tabitha lodge in Katutura to witness the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) President McHenry Venaani release the Strategy for Namibia Agenda for Change and Transforming our Nation Election Manifesto.

The upcoming National Assembly and Presidential elections slated for November this year present an opportunity for PDM to break the ruling SWAPO party's two-thirds majority, Venaani said.

Venaani said PDM has joined hands with the United People's Movements (UPM) in an alliance to wrestle power from the ruling party.

Introducing Venaani as the sole candidate for the PDM-UPM coalition, Secretary General of the PDM Manuel Ngaringombe said hashtag #twaloloka (we are tired) is the signalling that the PDM is saying they are tired of the mismanagement of the ruling party that has brought the country to its knees.

Venaani said PDM is the alternative government and no other party can improve the lives of Namibians.

HE urged attendants at the event to vote for PDM because the party has formulated strategies to turn around the countries fortunes.

He mentioned the revolutionising of the agricultural sector and provided Israel as an example of how countries with low rainfall can still spearhead agricultural development by harnessing their water potential.

Venaani further said that water must be accessible to all Namibians and as head of state he will ensure the government builds water desalination plants at the western coastal town of Walvisbay, on top of the Kunene in the north west of the country and at Luderitz in the South.

He said water desalination plants will revitalise employment in the agricultural sector and bring much needed job creation in a country with high unemployment.

I will cut the unemployment rate in Namibia from 48 per cent to 11 per cent Venaani, said at the gathering.

PDM vice President Jennifer Van der Heever and veteran politician Nico Smit members also addressed the gathering made up of PDM- UPM coalition supporters, party sympathisers and the media which he referred to as the fourth estate.

SOURCE: NAMIBIA PRESS AGENCY