26 Jul 2014 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 26 JUL (NAMPA) - Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) president Hidipo Hamutenya says this is the year for his party to overthrow the Swapo-Party-led government which he said has not been able to save Namibia from various critical situations.
He made the remarks at the partys two-day Central Committee (CC) meeting, which started here on Saturday.
The meeting, which is expected to endorse Hamutenya as the partys presidential candidate by Sunday, will adopt the partys election manifesto for the Presidential and National Assembly elections slated for later this year.
The party will also fill vacant positions in the RDPs CC and set a date for its upcoming Electoral College, during which a list of members will be drawn up that will vie to represent the party in parliament.
A review and evaluation of the RDPs campaign strategies, as well as recommendations on the most effective way of ensuring a successful campaign for the party will also be discussed during the CC meeting.
We can no longer continue to point out the mistakes, corruption and failures of the Swapo government and not rise to the occasion. The only way to rise to the occasion is to mobilise the population to vote for change, Hamutenya said.
He added that the Swapo-led government has failed the nation in many ways as the country still faces an ongoing spate of gender-based violence and murders of women and babies.
Corruption, he pointed out, also continues unabated, despite the professed zero tolerance for corruption by the ruling partys administration.
Economic stagnation is continuing and is a contributing factor to the high unemployment and poverty levels in the country, Hamutenya, who has been at the helm of the party since 2007, said.
The RDP leader went on to say the Namibian nation is crying out for an aggressive turnaround economic policy, a policy which should have been adopted early in the course of the last 24 years.
He however stated that because of the ruling party, the country has not been able to come up with a developmental policy that is dynamic and visionary enough to address the difficulties Namibians face today.
Hamutenya said all the Swapo-Party has been attempting to do of late is address the housing crisis through the mass housing project.
Like other projects such as the Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (TIPEEG), the mass housing project has been plagued by inefficiency, corruption, as well as inflation of costs and other ills. This is clearly a project disguised to hoodwink the nation into believing that something is being done, he stressed.
He stated that the Namibian nation has made the mistake of religiously voting for Swapo and putting it in power, while it cannot get out of the mess it has been plunged into by Swapo.