Poverty war runs parallel to corruption war: Geingob

21 Mar 2016 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 21 MAR (NAMPA) - The war on poverty runs concurrently with the war on corruption and their respective root causes, says President Hage Geingob.
He said this during Namibia’s 26th Independence celebrations at the Independence Stadium in the capital on Monday.
Geingob noted there are those citizens who are aware of corrupt activities yet remain silent, adding those who falsely accuse others of corruption and those who succumb to the solicitation of bribes, are part of the problem.
“We need to move away from innuendo and rumour-mongering, and move towards providing evidence,” urged the President.
He again called on the objective of prosperity for all.
Citing the Harambee Prosperity Plan, due to come into force on 01 April 2016, the Head of State said it was done with knowledge that Government can only tackle and eradicate poverty through everybody embracing a sense of national identity and unity.
“The Harambee Prosperity Plan is built on the pillars of effective governance, economic, social and infrastructure development, and seeks to build on the progress that we have made to date.”
The plan presents the first practical steps over the next four years about how to deliver on the promise of prosperity.
“Our lofty poverty eradication ambitions were ridiculed until the United Nations’ Sustainable Goals also set a target to eradicate poverty and not just to reduce poverty by 2030,” he said.
He further called on Namibians to dream big and work tirelessly to implement their aspirations.
The Namibian leader noted that pulling in the same direction is critical in making headway to this goal and resisting centrifugal forces that seek to pull the country apart.
Geingob further said Government institutionalised the poverty eradication mandate through the creation of the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare.
Namibia has one of the highest income disparities in the world, with a Gini Coefficient Factor of almost 0.60 in 2010 and the second highest increase in the cost of housing in 2014, after trade and oil hub Dubai.
Gini Coefficient Factor is a measurement of socio-economic inequality in society; with 0.0 meaning everyone is equal and 1 meaning nobody is equal.