Swapo salutes Geingob’s Harambee Plan

07 Apr 2016 07:40am
SWAKOPMUND, 07 APR (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob’s Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) launched on Tuesday has been welcomed by the Swapo-party leadership in the Erongo Region.
Swapo’s regional coordinator in Erongo, Philipus Heita told Nampa on Wednesday the party members here are fully behind the president’s HHP.
He used the opportunity to request all party leaders, supporters, sympathisers and the business people in the region to support the plan.
“The only way we can make Namibia a better place for all, including those who are not Swapo supporters, is by standing together as a nation and supporting our president,” Heita said.
As launched by the president during his 2016 State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Tuesday, the HHP aims to ensure that every Namibian has access to the basic necessities for survival to meet the most basic needs and by so doing, enables every Namibian to realise their full potential and prosper according to their inherent abilities.
“Namibians have overcome tremendous historical obstacles in the past and through the HPP, I am confident that we will rise to the challenges of the present and those we will encounter in the future. This plan ushers Namibia into the era of prosperity for all,” said Geingob.
The plan’s social progress chapter acknowledges that people do not and cannot “eat” effective governance or economic stability. It states that development should therefore, be people-centered and inclusive.
This chapter is structured around the pillars of hunger and poverty, land servicing, housing and sanitation.
Other pillars are infant and maternal mortality, and vocational education training.
With regard to hunger and poverty, the plan sets the ambitious target that no Namibian should die of hunger during and after the Harambee period.
This is simply to say “one Namibian who dies of hunger, is one Namibian too many,” Geingob said.
With regard to residential land servicing, housing and sanitation, the plan aims to construct 20 000 new houses nationwide; develop 26 000 new residential plots countrywide; 50 000 rural toilets; and to eliminate the bucket toilet system by 2017.
“In the true spirit of Harambee, these targets will be achieved with the full support and collaboration of the private sector, the Government Institutions’ Pension Fund and development finance Institutions that have pledged to support Government’s housing efforts,” reads the document.
The president also said infant and maternal mortality will be significantly reduced through the provision of essential drugs, deployment of community health workers and community midwives, introduction of a dedicated maternal/neonatal ambulance system and increased training in obstetrics and gynaecology.