Harambee administration a failure: APP

05 Dec 2016 12:00pm
RUNDU, 05 DEC (NAMPA) – Acting Secretary-General (SG) of the All People’s Party (APP), Vincent Kanyetu wants President Hage Geingob and Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila to resign.
“The people that are leading the Harambee administration have shown that they are failures,” Kanyetu said at a meeting in Rundu on Saturday.
The meeting was held to welcome the recently appointed APP Youth League President, Sebastian Ntjamba and about 40 new supporters who left the DTA of Namibia and Swapo party for the APP.
He said the country’s poor economic outlook did not start during the term of Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein (2015 to present) but during the term when Geingob served as prime minister (1990-2002 and 2012-2015).
Kanyetu said Schlettwein should not be blamed for the current economic state of the country; “if anything, he should be hailed for opening the eyes of Namibians on the reality of the country’s finances”.
He said that beyond reasonable doubt, the Harambee administration has failed.
Geingob launched the Harambee Prosperity Plan in April this year, and it is based on five pillars, namely effective governance and service delivery; economic advancement; social progression; infrastructure development and international relations and cooperation.
Analysing Kanyetu’s comments, Public Law Professor of the University of Namibia, Nico Horn told Nampa on Sunday it was not fair to blame the poor economic growth of the country on Geingob and Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.
Horn said Namibia is not the only country in southern Africa going through the same economic struggles, adding the economic down scaling has nothing to do with Geingob’s administration.
South Africa, which is southern Africa’s economic powerhouse, is also struggling and thus contributing to the poor outlook as it is one of Namibia’ key trading partners.
“If South Africa lose, we lose,” Horn said.
He is, however, aware of accusations of the current administration’s overspending, particularly on the large entourage Geingob travels with and their bureaucratic system.
Horn said he did not see the need for two deputy ministers who are in any case just advisors, as well as the many advisors the president has.
“If the president is serious about addressing the economy of the country - that would be a good place to start,” Horn said.