20 Nov 2017 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 20 NOV (NAMPA) The president of the National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) has expressed concern over, what he termed, a split within Swapo before the ruling partys four-day ordinary congress slated to commence here on Thursday.
Asser Mbai said in a media statement issued here on Monday that one would have accepted that different choices and opinions before any congress is part of a democratic exercise, however the undertones of tribalism in the two camps is a matter of serious concern.
The two camps are Team Harambee, led by Swapo vice-president and Namibian President, Hage Geingob, who is vying for the presidency, and Team Swapo with two candidates Jerry Ekandjo and Nahas Angula - both eyeing the partys top job.
What is wrong with the current president (a Damara)? We had two presidents from the same tribe (Owambo) and there was no problem, said Mbai.
He further expressed concern over the economic outlook of the country which shows no positive indications.
Our economy has been classified by many international agencies as not being sound, hence there must be practical measures that must be put in place by our government such as a stoppage on wastage of public resources, however it seems this trend continues unabated, he said.
Mbai said the public sector wage bill has continued to increase dramatically, adding this is a serious red flag that the country should guard against.
The mid-term budget review tabled on 09 November 2017, he said, is disappointing as it shows that most ministries do not adhere to cutting wastage in their various offices.
He called on the government to deploy a strict fiscal discipline in public spending and put measures in place that must hold accounting officers accountable and equal measures to prosecute them if they fail in this exercise.
Mbai therefore cautioned that if Government does put these mechanisms in place, the countrys financial problems will escalate.