PDM-UPM Coalition meeting held in Rehoboth

The Popular Democratic Movement-United People's Movement (PDM/UPM) Coalition on Sunday held a meeting for the first time attended by people from both parties at the Hermanus Van Wyk Hall in Rehoboth.

The two parties have signed a coalition agreement on 28 August this year, saying their parties have common goals of representing the philosophy and interests of the masses, at the same time bringing unity to politics and to support PDM President McHenry Vennani at the upcoming National Assembly and Presidential Elections slated for November.

As part of the agreement, UPM and PDM will continue to exist as separate entities but under one umbrella to be called UPM-PDM Coalition.

The two parties' presidents Venaani and Piet Junius were among the people attending the meeting along with PDM Chief Whip Jennifer Van den Heever and Vice President of PDM Jan Van Wyk.

Speaking at the meeting, Junius, said the time for Namibian opposition parties to form one force against the political might of Swapo is now.

He said theft has become a norm at Government institutions, indicating waning health and education sectors, high unemployment and poverty levels and #148; as some of the concerns Namibians are faced with, which they believe the current ruling party has failed dismally to address.

It is meaningless to have multiple political formations that are all fighting for the same issues and have a common enemy. We fought against apartheid from South Africa, yet we are treated as outsiders by our own people, that is one of the reasons to come together to form a coalition and we believe that the voters out there will see it as such, Junius said.

Vennani speaking at the same occasion said for the past 29 years, people have sold their souls for a 'plate of soup' that has not landed in their hands yet.

You have been lied to for the past 29 years to better your living standards, but nothing has changed. It is time to change the landscape in Namibia for a better future. Your needs are not important to those in power compared to their own needs.

He mentioned that more money is pumped into the army instead of housing for the homeless, more money used to buy arms, than to give sanitation to people.

The least important things are getting more attention and the more important are ignored. I therefore call on you to make the right decision come elections and vote for change, Venaani concluded.

He said his cabinet will only consist of 15 ministers among them only 4 deputy ministers and that some ministries will be merged.

Source: Namibia Press Agency