PDM pledges ‘minimum government with maximum governance’

Leader of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) McHenry Venaani has promised to prioritise the effective governance of Namibia and its resources should he assume the presidency of the republic on 21 March 2020.

Venaani said this at a media conference in the capital on Tuesday which was convened for the release PDM's election manifesto � a 48 paged document in which Venaani attempts to convince Namibians why he and PDM should be voted into power when Namibia holds its Presidential and National Assembly elections on 27 November.

If you are criminal or you have a business interest, you shall not serve in our government, he said.

This envisioned government will, according to Vanaani, will be composed of Namibians from all works of life, irrespective of their political affiliation.

Chief among Venaani's proposed interventions is to have a leaner and more effective executive.

I am going to reduce the Namibian Cabinet by up to 50 per cent, lesser than what it currently is. We are going to 15 ministers and four deputy ministers only, he said.

At present, there are 27 ministers and 25 deputy ministers, while the current Cabinet is made up of 29 members, including the Head of State.

This will be realised by having only 15 ministers and four deputy ministers.

If he has it his way, Venaani's ministries will include that of International Relations; Defence; Finance and Economic Planning; Education, Science and Culture; Health, Gender and Social Services; Home Affairs and National Security and Justice and Attorney General.

Other ministries will be called Agrarian, Water and Land Reform; Environment, Tourism and Fisheries; Housing, Local and Regional Governance; Mines, Energy, Works and Transport.

The remaining three are Trade, SME and Industry; Youth and Employment Creation; Information, Research and Digital Economy as well as the Ministry of Coordination, Evaluation and Implementation which will resort under the Office of the Prime Minister.

The four envisaged ministries with deputy ministers Finance and Economic Planning; Education, Science, Sports and Culture; Housing Local and Regional Governance and Health, Gender and Social Affairs.

We believe and I believe in a minimum government with maximum governance, he said.

Venaani also vowed to get rid of what he referred to as redundant portfolios such as that of the Vice President and Deputy Prime Minister in a bid to cut costs associated with them.

It is a waste of resources and we can't afford it, he said.

To curb corruption and mismanagement of public funds, he said: The [Office of the] Ombudsman and the Anti-Corruption Commission shall get more legislative powers for them to fight corruption more effectively. We shall give more prosecution powers to the anti-corruption.

Source: Namibia Press Agency