Analysts critique Geingob's first year in office

23 Mar 2016 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 23 MAR (NAMPA) – Independent political analysts have described President Hage Geingob’s first year in office as having created high expectations while less was achieved.
The public dialogue, hosted by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), had a panel including founder and editor of the Namibian newspaper, Gwen Lister, who said Geingob promised a contract with the public that emphasised poverty elimination and inclusivity.
This brought about the Harambee Prosperity Plan, which is aimed at significantly reducing poverty levels in the country.
“Harambee, as a way forward, should not be called a prosperity plan because it is not prosperity. Prosperity created high expectations, false hope and illusions,” Lister said.
She said the Head of State failed to reduce bureaucracy and Government expenditure and although he took the lead in declaring his assets, the President did not manage to compel his ministers to declare their assets too.
Looking at foreign policies, Namibia has not seen a progressive mood in its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC), a decision approved by cabinet in November 2015, Lister said.
Also on the panel was a Lecturer in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at the University of Namibia (UNAM), Phanuel Kaapama, who also questioned bureaucracy under Geingob's leadership.
He questioned the relation between development plans and the prosperity plan, which comes into effect next month.
Kaapama said a lack of relation between the two plans will lead to confusion as both documents need to communicate with one another.
Issues raised during the dialogue were also that the President needs to focus on clear-cut areas of development and should be clear on his priorities.
Panellists however commended the President for taking on poverty which is not easy to address, but a rather complex issue.
Investment Strategist at Capricorn Asset Management, Suta Kavari, was also among the panellists.