Shixwameni demands explanation on economy's state

28 Jan 2017 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 28 JAN (NAMPA) – The All People’s Party (APP) has demanded that Government clearly explain what is happening to the state of the country’s economy and public finances.
APP president, Ignatius Shixwameni said this in a media statement made available to the media on Friday.
He said taxpayers are entitled to a simple explanation and not “insubstantial reasons being issued by junior ministry officials.”
“Let Government trust the nation and for once offer a plausible explanation as to what kind of financial problems government is experiencing and the history thereof as to how we have landed up in this mess as a country,’’ said Shixwameni.
At a media conference on the budget implementation and commencement of the Tax Incentive Programme for Arrear Recovery in Windhoek on Thursday, Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein said the country is not broke or unable to commit all the payments in the country’s budget.
Shixwameni, in the same statement, expressed his support on the ongoing calls for the postponement of the tabling of the Land Bill.
He called upon the Minister of Land Reform, Utoni Nujoma and President Hage Geingob to call off the tabling when Parliament resumes in February.
“It must wait until after the Land conference is held as planned and agreed for by government. The conference must be held first and people’s views be taken into account before any Bill can be tabled,” stressed Shixwameni.
On Thursday, it was reported in a daily newspaper that Nujoma said the Bill has been in deliberation since 2004.
He added that politicians were given an extended period to scrutinise the Bill and that civil society be extensively consulted.