New Government to ‘spit out’ bureaucrats

16 Apr 2015 17:40pm
WALVIS BAY, 16 APR (NAMPA) – The new government will make sure that bureaucrats who delay development in the country will be removed.
Minister of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), Tjekero Tweya said this in his address at the groundbreaking ceremony marking the beginning of construction of the Dunes Mall in Walvis Bay on Thursday.
“The new Government under President Hage Geingob will spit out bureaucrats. We have a clear vision of eradicating poverty and cannot accommodate those who deliberately delay it,” he said.
The minister said most of the bureaucrats enjoy doing nothing to make sure things are done at all or completed on time, especially development programmes.
He reiterated the words of Erongo Regional Governor, Cleophas Mutjavikua who at the same event said Government should reduce bureaucracy and ensure that work is done on time.
The two leaders were reacting to a statement by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Safland Property Group, Kallie van der Merwe, who said it took the company nine years to secure the land for the Dunes Mall.
Tweya went on to say President Geingob talked about inclusivity to build Namibia, so everyone from designers, architects, politicians, CEOs and ordinary employees must do their part for faster and smooth development.
“There is no separation to say you are politicians and we are administrators, so that when you tell us, you interfere. Politicians should please not buy these statements from CEOs and other administrators. Rather make sure things are completed on time,” he instructed.
He noted that Geingob gave ministers the power to amend policies that block speedy development.
Expanding on the topic of poverty, Tweya advised the media to objectively distribute information to all people in the rural areas and towns.
“You can be private or state-owned media, but you equally have an obligation to distribute information. Poverty is not only about the lack of food, clothing and housing, but also about the lack of information. Within five years from now, poverty should be eliminated from the face of Namibia,” said the ICT minister.
Meanwhile, Governor Mutjavikua encouraged small businesses to become part of the country’s economy, saying more effort should be placed on growing small businesses so that they can create employment and help grow the economy too.
“Local manufacturing of goods is very important, we therefore need to work hard in ensuring that our people produce products that are sold here and abroad. This year, my office is planning to send five people abroad to learn how to make spoons and plates to sell at home. We do not know how these things are done and we only know how to use them,” said the governor.
The N.dollars 480 million mall by Safland and other partners will create 1 450 temporary and permanent jobs upon completion in May 2017.