PDMYL comes to party leader's defence

02 Nov 2018 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 02 NOV (NAMPA) - The Popular Democratic Movement Youth League (PDMYL) has reacted to recent statements by Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Engel Nawatiseb on the PDM.
In a media statement on Friday, PDMYL Secretary-General, Benson Katjirijova referred to Nawatiseb’s statements about the party and its president, McHenry Venaani as “laughable and a diversion from the real issues on the ground”.
The deputy minister on Tuesday responded to statements made by Venaani at a PDM Central Committee meeting in Oshakati last weekend, where he amongst others said he is angry with President Hage Geingob for failing to lead the country to prosperity.
He further said Geingob pursues the same politics as his predecessor Hifikepunye Pohamba and that the “Harambee administration has failed on key tests of economic fundamentals”.
Nawatiseb said while acknowledging the constitutional right of every Namibian citizen to express themselves on any issue of their liking and choice, Government “cannot fold its hands and watch individuals such as honourable Venaani, who are supposed to know better, advancing opportunistic, irresponsible, ahistorical and unfactual statements just for the purpose of scoring cheap political points”.
He added that the government should instead be applauded for having consolidated its fiscal and monetary policies in line with good governance principles, accountability and prudent management of scare resources.
The PDMYL is however of the opinion that Venaani was within his rights as leader of the opposition to make the utterances.
It said one of the responsibilities of the opposition is to hold Government to account and to perform oversight duties over the executive.
“We would like to remind Mr Nawatiseb that freedom of expression is an imperative right granted to each and every citizen within the borders of the Republic of Namibia by the constitution,” Katjirijova said.
He noted that Venaani always conducts himself in a respectful manner and the current Head of State is on record as praising him.
“Harambee must stop diverting from the real issues on the ground by bringing up irrelevant historical conundrums. The real issues on the ground are graduate unemployment, half of the population living in informal settlements and a ballooning national debt,” Katjirijova said.