RDP promises bottom-top approach when in power

11 Aug 2014 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 11 AUG (NAMPA) - The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) party says the present government is following a top-bottom approach in governing the country, and is failing to address the needs of the people.
The opposition party’s manifesto, which was launched in Walvis Bay over the weekend, promises a bottom-top approach in governance in which the people will decide on their needs, and prioritisation will take place at the lowest level of Government possible.
The manifesto is titled “Time for Change is Now. It starts with You. Vote RDP for a Better life for All”.
“Local authorities together with constituency councillors should identify needs and prioritise projects and actions to address these needs,” the party said.
It stated that a RDP-led government will speed up the implementation of the Decentralisation Act and entrust regions with their own developmental budgets.
According to the party, it will pay subsidies for basic services such as housing, water and electricity directly to local authorities and not to the National Housing Enterprises (NHE), NamPower or NamWater.
The RDP also promises to do away with the party list system for local elections, and replace it with a ward system, whereby local councillors will be elected directly to represent specific wards.
This, party said, will ensure accountability on local level and oversight over service delivery.
“Furthermore a RDP-led government will also repeal the Act on regional governors and replace it with an Act where governors are directly elected in every region,” the party’s manifesto stated.
Currently, regional governors are appointed by the Namibian President in terms of the Special Advisors and Regional Governors’ Appointment Act which came into effect in 2010 just before the regional council and local authority elections in November of that year.
The new legislative arrangement is supposed to allow regional governors to play a more effective role in championing socio-economic development at those levels.
The Special Advisors and Regional Representatives’ Appointment Act of 1990 was amended to give the president the mandate to appoint governors and determine their terms and conditions of employment.