Swapo Party manifesto now Government policy

04 Jun 2015 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 04 JUN (NAMPA) – The 2014 Swapo Party election manifesto and its contents has been approved to become Government policy.
Cabinet granted approval last month during its monthly meeting.
Briefing the media on Thursday, Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology Stanley Simataa said Cabinet has directed Government ministries, agencies, regional councils and state-owned enterprises to incorporate the 2014 Swapo Party manifesto into their strategic plans.
The rationale behind the inclusion of the Swapo Party election manifesto in Government policies, Simataa explained, is that the ruling party has spelled out plans and development projects that it wants to implement and complete over the next five years.
“Last year during the National and Presidential Elections, Namibians voted for Swapo Party because of the promises contained in the election Manifesto. We want to give effects to our promises contained in the manifesto,” he said.
Simataa indicated that there is an evaluation and monitoring mechanism to make sure that ministries, agencies and offices have incorporated the manifesto into their strategic plans.
The manifesto spells out how the Swapo Party wants to address challenges in education, health, infrastructural development, rural development, youth empowerment, job creation, housing, provision of electricity and land reform and redistribution.
It also highlights strategies on how to expand and strengthen economic sectors such as fishing, tourism, mining, manufacturing, agriculture and how state-owned enterprises should be reformed.
The manifesto also sets out framework on how it (manifesto) should be implemented.
The previous manifestos of the ruling party were basically built around the promotion of peace and stability in the country, which Namibia has enjoyed since independence in 1990.
The manifestos have also illustrated achievements of the Swapo Party since its election manifesto in 1989.
The party's election manifesto in 2009 was anchored on safeguarding democracy, peace, unity and security.
The 2014 manifesto is expected to build on the achievements of the last five years, while announcing new development plans the ruling party has for the future.