Geingob is not a consultative leader: Venaani

29 May 2016 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 29 MAY (NAMPA) – The DTA of Namibia has claimed that President Hage Geingob is not a consultative leader as he allegedly failed to consult political parties in the drafting of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP).
Party president McHenry Venaani made the assertion during the opening of a DTA Executive committee meeting here on Saturday.
He said Geingob and the State House media team decided to portray the Head of State as a consultative leader by emphasising the apparent consultative nature during the development of the HPP.
“When questioned by political opposition on the day that Harambee plan was launched as to why we were not consulted in development of the HPP, he responded with an open invitation to the political opposition for consultation thereon.
“Hage is not consultative, preaching consulting but he does not consult, so we want to take him on to consult us on how to 'Harambee' in the future ,” Venaani said.
Geingob released the Harambee Prosperity Plan for the 2016/17 to 2020/21 financial year during his State of the Nation Address in Parliament on 05 April 2016. Harambee is kiSwahili for 'let's pull together'.
The plan outlines Government's planned developmental activities for the next four years.
The official opposition party president however welcomed the plan, saying the DTA acknowledges the prioritisation of the provision of basic services such as water and electricity.
He said his party has expressed its reservations on government's long-term electricity generation projects such as the Kudu Gas project and the Xaris power Project.
Venaani said the financial commitment from Government to bring either of these projects to fruition will be significant and are likely to push government debt levels significantly higher.
He noted that Namibia remains an ideal location for solar energy generation, and a wide body of established knowledge and technical expertise attest to the reliability, efficiency and cost effective nature of renewable source of energy as a source of electricity generation.
Venaani therefore called on the government to do more to incentivise the installation of solar power systems in residential dwellings beyond the current provision of low interest financing, and instead allow those who generate a surplus of electricity to sell this back to the national electricity grid at a nominal rate.
He also welcomed the initiative to upgrade and increase the carrying capacity of the national road network.
Venaani, however, expressed concerns regarding other projects identified in the HPP, such as the upgrade of the Hosea Kutako International Airport which will cost N.dollars 7 billion.
He said his party will continue to call for these funds to be diverted elsewhere, where a meaningful impact can be made such as the rehabilitation and upgrading of the country's rail network.
“At independence our government inherited a fully functioning rail system, but through neglect and mismanagement has allowed not only the infrastructure itself but also the national rail service to fall into disrepair and disrepute,” Venaani said.