MANY people work best when they work on setting top priorities. Confidente asked some Parliamentarians for their New Year resolutions; here is what they had to say.
Penda yaNdakolo (Minister of Defence)
“First of all I want to meet all the people in the ministry when it comes to the welfare of our people. We will ensure that the ministry is fulfilling its mandate which is to defend the territorial integrity, as you know this ministry has been severely affected by the budget cut. We will ensure that the security of our citizens is not compromised and we will make sure that we complete all our projects.”
Asser Mbai (Nudo MP in the National Assembly)
“I will introduce motions and questions with regards to the issue of separation of power between the executive and legislative organs. Currently the executive dominates and undermines Parliament … and issues of land resettlement programme. I would like to see decentralisation of power to the regional and local authority councils. Governors to be elected, government coming up with new mechanisms to eradicate poverty and to combat gender based violence. As party leader, I am preparing Nudo for the 2018 congress.”
Frans Kapofi (Presidential Affairs Minister)
“I will do what is expected of us by the President and I will do it with vigour and determination to ensure the goals that he set are achieved.”
Elma Dienda (DTA MP)
“As the slogan of the DTA is to move Namibia forward, I want to move the party forward. I will spend my time and energy in the DTA preparing it for the upcoming national elections.”
Natangwe Ithete (Deputy Minister of Finance)
“I urge all Namibians including myself to rededicate ourselves to achieve economic freedom. If we did not achieve economic freedom we cannot claim to be free. We don’t need to depend on other countries for everything.”
Engel Nawatiseb (Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises)
“This year’s resolution is to rededicate ourselves to the full implementation of Government goals and objectives.”
Usutuaije Maamberua (Swanu MP)
“I am going to step down as Swanu president in April this year.”
Lucia Witbooi (Deputy Minister of Gender Equality)
“We will try to strengthen our campaign for Gender Based Violence to reach all stakeholders to address the issue of GBV. We have to sensitise, talk and engage all stakeholders to ensure that we reduce GBV”.
Maureen Hinda (Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation)
“Enhanced public engagement at various levels to bring about more understanding of the importance of image or perception of a given country in other words the need for every Namibian to understand the importance of the image we project to the world thus contribute positively in building such image and in communicating or reflecting the Namibian story or narrative. “The world sees us through all our citizens and it’s important that we all engage or behave in a way to be a welcoming friendly peaceful cohesive people. People who understand that our beauty is in our diversity and that we need each other to sustain our peace and grow as a nation.
“Understanding that we have only one Namibia and we need to build the one Nation we owe to be. I am reminded that in order to achieve that, we need to die as tribes and be born a nation. Public diplomacy offers all the required tools to cement the relationships and to enable us to emerge victorious. Thus my emphasis will be internal and external public engagement at various levels to build more cohesion and unity. Looking forward to see the Party School making in routes in civic and political education and the share history which will make us understand where we come from and where we going as well as the wisdom, boldness and courage to correct where we went wrong or will go wrong. We need to build foresight to project impact.
-Compiled by Eliaser Ndeyanale
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