RDP Launches 2014 Election Manifesto

THE Rally for Democracy and Progress’ 2014 Election Manifesto was launched in the Kuisebmond Community Hall at Walvis Bay on Saturday.

“This is a forward-thinking, forward-looking document that will revolutionise the way this nation is run,” said RDP’s 2014 presidential candidate Hidipo Hamutenya. “If you give us the mandate to run the nation, you’ll see for yourselves.”

According to RDP secretary general Mike Kavekotora, the 40-page A5-size manifesto is the “agenda to transform Namibia”, which they claim the ruling Swapo party has failed to do since the country gained independence 24 years ago.

“Empty promises will be a thing of the past. The programme is good and ethical, which suggests a new type of governance to be the order of the day. There is hope at the end of the tunnel of 24 years of failure,” Kavekotora said.

The most important chapters, according to Kavekotora, are the ones that “speak to the needs of the poorest of the poor”: food, housing, shelter, land. “There are more important issues of socialising. This manifesto goes according to basic human needs,” he said.

In the manifesto’s introduction, it is stated: “Many democratic principles that we desired to live by remain a myth under the current government. The same applies to genuine social upliftment, economic development and growth, as well as education and skills development and the fair distribution of national resources and land to the Namibian nation.”

It is claimed in the introduction that “the best employment and business opportunities are channeled to people who are better connected to the new political elite, true to the corruptive ‘jobs for comrades’ ideology, as a means of solidifying their grip of the country’s resources”.

Namibians continue to “suffer severely” under the current government, with unemployment escalating, lack of housing remaining at “intolerably high levels”, and economic growth stagnating.

This leads to more burdens on small business and individuals, unequal living conditions between the “political and economic elite and the ordinary citizen” the unfair and delayed transfer of land rights to the previously disaantaged and the neglect of education and skills training. RDP, with its manifesto as a road map to democracy and progress, “will change all this”, it was made clear at the launch of the manifesto. According to Kavekotora, the manifesto was launched in Walvis Bay (and not in Windhoek) because the party wanted to decentralise its activities – “by taking the government to the people”.

There will be another launch in Windhoek which may be attended more by leaders and decision makers,” he said.

The launch was preceded by a ‘roadshow’ through the harbour town.

Source : The Namibian