State of Nation a repeat of HPP Review; Maamberua

12 Apr 2017 21:20pm
WINDHOEK, 12 APR (NAMPA) – Swanu of Namibia President, Usutuaje Maamberua expressed dissatisfaction with President Hage Geingob’s third State of the Nation Address, saying it was a review of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), which was done in December.
Speaking to Nampa after the event at Parliament on Wednesday, Maamberua said Geingob repeated what was in the HPP Review and did not address specific issues that are of national concern.
“I expected the President to spell out tangible and specific measures and strategies that are going to be engaged in fighting corruption, but nothing.”
He said there is a direct budget allocation for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) but it remains under the authority of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).
“I thought the President is going to look at that aspect of divorcing the anti-corruption to make sure that is far from the executives as a measure of fighting corruption and rolling out the activities of anti-corruption.”
Maamberua claimed Geingob explained what corruption is, which he said is obvious to the people on the ground as they experience it, instead of him elaborating on Government’s strategies and long term measures to fight the crime in Namibia.
He noted that his question of Namibia’s long-term security in relation to protection provided by either China or the United States of America went unanswered.
“One day we will find ourselves in a battle-field between these two powerful countries.”
Maamberua said he expected the President to explain his definition of ancestral land because he has been sending out different messages.
“One day when he is in America he talks about ancestral land in a different description. He comes back to Namibia during the Independence Day Celebration and he talks about a different understanding of ancestral land, saying that we are claiming Windhoek and Swakopmund, which is not the case.”
During the 2017 Independence Day Celebration, Geingob mentioned that the willing-buyer, willing-seller method behind land redistribution had failed.
Maamberua said he thought the President would use the State of the Nation Address to tell Namibia that the Ministry of Land Reform has been instructed to activate the process of expropriation.
“Nothing about expropriation! He comes again to explain how expropriation was provided for in the Constitution.”