By Eliaser Ndeyanale
OPPOSITION party Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) has spat venom at Government’s efforts to address social economic challenges in the country highlighting elitism, cronyism, corruption, failure of Mass Housing projects, TIPEEG amongst other things.
In a strongly-worded statement RDP parliamentarian, Mike Kavekotora did not mince his words when he said, “Namibia is still failing to a large extent to meet the needs and aspirations of ordinary citizens”.
Speaking in the National Assembly on the debate on the Appropriation Bill, he said poverty is still a burning issue in Namibia while unemployment in general is high and even more so among the youth.
Kavekotora maintained that the gap between the rich and poor continues to widen but only those that are political connected to the ruling Swapo party are seemingly the exception to the rule creating a special breed of elites.
According to the politician, national projects fail because their formation is predominately to win elections and to fund relatives, friends and the politically connected tenderprenuers, both local and foreign.
“The distribution of wealth in general is skewed. The resettlement policy has failed miserably and the provision of houses to the needy is still a challenge. Mass housing scheme has failed to make a dent in the housing backlog to the needy.
“It failed because like most Government projects such as TIPEEG, it is politically motivated, with very little assessment on its social impact. The projects are meant to win elections and to transfer funds to the relatives, friends and politically connected tenderprenuers, both local and foreigners,” he said.
He continued, “If one looks at the current scene of unemployment rate, challenges in the education system and lack of service delivery, our children are already worse off because the Government is failing in those areas that matter most to the man on the street and in the village and succeeds only in the areas where benefits do not accrue to the ordinary citizen.”
He also said that Swapo is using free secondary education for political expediency.
“Corruption in our country has reached critical proportions. There is no doubt about it. It is not only that perception of corruption worsening has increased, there is hard evidence that actual levels of corruption have increased if newspaper reports are anything to go by.
“The Swapo-led Government’s adherence to the unwritten policy of jobs for comrades must come to an end. It is not only eliminates fair access to jobs by all Namibians but it also denies the society services from qualified fellow citizens,” said Kavekotora.
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