MUCH negativity is being said about the Harambee Prosperity Plan, and government budgetary issues. For a sober minded person to agree or, disagree, with these sentiments, he/she should first, be informed by the following inclusive collective measurable indicative designed five pillars of Harambee Prosperity Plan. If not, then such statements can be considered as political propaganda to discredit the President;
1.Effective governance and service
4.Infrastructure development; and
5.International relations and
It is logic to point out that, unless we are otherwise informed, in terms of Article 27 sub-article, (1), the President is the Head of State and of the Government and the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Force. The Executive power of the Republic of Namibia is vested in the President and the Cabinet. The duties of the members of Cabinet are amongst others, “to direct, coordinate and supervise the activities of Ministries and Government departments including parastatal enterprises, and to review and advise the President and the National Assembly.” They are also required to remain vigilant and vigorous for the purposes of ensuring that the scourges of apartheid, tribalism and colonialism do not again manifest themselves in any form in a free and independent Namibia, and to protect and assist disadvantaged citizens of Namibia who have historically been the victims of these pathologies.
I am convinced that all political appointees are collectively and individually responsible for the successful implementations of government programmes. Why apportion blame to the President and not the entire Cabinet, and members of the National Assembly? The impression created by media reports, is that the Government is insolvent and that the HPP goal has failed. Why point fingers at a sitting President for a failed project, an issue which is supposed to be a failed national goal, based on collective responsibility?
Article 32 sub-article (3) (I), the President appoints the following persons:
•The Prime Minister;
•The Ministers and Deputy Ministers;
•The Attorney General;
•The Director General of Planning
He also appoints under (4) (a) (aa), the Chief Justice, the Judge-President of the High Court and other judges of the Supreme Court and High Court;
(bb, the Ombudsman;
(cc) the Prosecutor-General;
(B)On the recommendation of the Public Service Commission:
(aa) the Auditor-General;
(bb) the Governor and Deputy-Governor of the Central Bank;
(C) on the recommendation of the Security Commission:
(aa) the Chief of the Defence Force;
(bb) the Inspector-General of Police;
(cc) the Commissioner of Prisons
In line with the principle of transparency and accountability, Ministers, are according to article 41, accountable individually for the administration of their own Ministries and collectively, for the administration of the work of the Cabinet, both to the President and to Parliament.
Meanwhile, in terms of article 45, members of the National Assembly shall be representative of all the people and shall in the performance of their duties be guided by the objectives of the Constitution, by the public interest and by their conscience.
With regards to collective responsibility and accountability, judges, ministers and deputy ministers, members of the National Assembly and indeed, the National Council, have in my view, affirmed their corrective responsibility through schedules 1, 2, and 3, of the Constitution. Please take note, that collective responsibility creates all-inclusive confidence, which in the process motivates teamwork. Teamwork produces quality output which is much-admired and shared by both producers and consumers.
Answering a question on the issue of apportioning blame for the current debt level on either President Hage Geingob or his predecessor, President Pohamba, Bank of Namibia Governor Ipumbu Shiimi said, “I don’t think it’s fair to apportion blame on anybody. In my view he said, nobody was irresponsible in this regard. We are where we are today, he continued, because of the global economic crisis and Namibia is comparatively in a better position still. This dates back to 2007, but the impact on Namibia wasn’t felt immediately”.
In terms of collective responsibility all judges, Ministers and Deputy Ministers including members of the National Assembly and the National Council, have voluntary affirmed that they will be “faithful to the Republic of Namibia and its people and solemnly promise to uphold and defend the Constitution and laws of the Republic of Namibia, to the best of their collective and individual ability”. Apportioning or pointing fingers will not solve problems but steadily, will exacerbate tribal sentiment which can aggravate the already premeditated existing invisible individual and tribal- based corrupt practices.
It is a fact, that with the upcoming congress, we expect the premeditated intensification of apportioning of blame on one another on issues related to governance, corrupt practices, tender fraud of taxpayers’ money, tribalism and favouritism in tender allocations etc. Should this become a norm? My understanding is that whoever becomes president of SWAPO, he or she is expected to work within and not above the SWAPO principle documents such as constitution, elections guiding document and, the SWAPO manifesto. Meanwhile, all SWAPO members are expected to inclusively and constructively engage each other for a free and fair outcome of the congress.
‘Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.’ (John F. Kennedy) 26 June 1963
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