DRC residents will only vote for land and elctricity

21 Oct 2014 13:00pm
By Paulus Shiku
SWAKOPMUND, 21 OCT (NAMPA) - Some residents of the DRC informal settlement in Swakopmund say they will not vote because elected leaders do not deliver on their promises.
Others say they will vote just for the sake of participating in the 28 November 2014 Presidential and national Assembly elections.
Residents of this informal settlement live in shacks and do not have electricity and toilets, while they share taps.
Approached to get their views on the upcoming elections, resident Mathilde Shoongeleni told Nampa on Sunday she will not vote because she does not have a right to land.
“The municipality can evict me from this plot at any time. We only vote for the benefit of politicians and their families, while we continue to live in poverty,” she said.
Shoongeleni claimed that Local Authority councillors do not care about the needs of the poor people in DRC, as they do not visit them to hear what their problems are.
“Why should I vote for someone who I do not even see coming here to talk to us. The only time they want us is during (election) campaigns and when elections are over they disappear,” she said furiously.
Peter Shikololo is not registered as a voter for any election, because according to him, it will not benefit him.
He might register and vote in future if he gets electricity to his home right away.
Yvonne Petersen also refuses to go to the polls, saying she is apparently tired of voting and not receiving any direct benefits from Government.
“I will not vote this time, we have been voting for the past years but we are still in poverty. Corrupt politicians only give jobs to their friends and families and we remain unemployed,” she charged.
Petersen said if politicians really want people to vote for them, they must deliver on their campaign promises.
“If they provide jobs, land and electricity, we will vote because we are encouraged,” she said.
Her message to the next president is that he or she must root out corruption and tribalism, as these are the dangers to reconciliation and economic freedom.
“Young people asked to go vote do not have jobs. What do they do? - they sell their bodies to those who have money, and as such they get infected with HIV/AIDS. The next president must really look into these things,” said Petersen.
Ndjendja Dumingu said he is registered and will vote, but only if he gets land to build a house for himself and his children.
“I will vote but they must give us land. The next president must save us from eviction, we cannot continue to be chased around from one plot to another while we are in a democratic country,” he charged.
Victor Hugolopers said he will cast his vote, but his plea is that Government and Local Authorities must provide serviced land for the poor living in towns.
“It will be better if they give us plots with water and electricity, because we can try to build houses on our own. We are tired of voting for poverty,” he said.
Justina Shishiveni said she is registered and will vote, but her vote comes in exchange for electricity in DRC, while Ruusa Tomas said the next president must implement free secondary education in the whole country as well.
“We are going to vote, but Government must also help the poor people by giving us land and N.dollars 100 every month,” said Victoria Lukas.