PDM slams govt for failing to protect interests of Namibians

17 Dec 2018 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 17 DEC (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob and Cabinet have failed to monitor Government services efficiently and protect the interests of Namibians, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) Secretary-General (SG) Manuel Ngaringombe said.
Ngaringombe was addressing a media conference here Monday on the party’s year-end review on national events that took place this year, as well as the resolutions of the PDM Extra-Ordinary Congress which took place on 08 December 2018.
He said the year in review was marked with several industrial strikes, which is evident of unfair labour practices in the country.
“Members of the workforce lost their jobs due to the current economic challenges, thus it was the duty of Government and trade unions to protect employees from labour losses,” he said.
Ngaringombe also criticised the Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) for failing to pay student fees, calling it a “destructive issue”.
“It is uncalled for and inhuman for Government to expect young people to do well in their education when they are distracted by petty issues such as NSFAF’s inability to honour their contractual agreement to pay tuition fees. We call upon the NSFAF and the Ministry of Higher Education to do their job diligently in order to avoid unnecessary tensions between authorities and students,” said Ngaringombe.
The party also called on the Ministry of Finance to acknowledge the economic turmoil the country finds itself in, and to come up with fixed solutions to the challenge.
The SG further warned the public to be ready for a tough year in 2019, as the government “has no plan to revive the economy”.
“Next year will be no different; it might be even worse. Let us keep our belts tight because we have to prepare for a tough 2019. Our government will not rescue us any time soon,” Ngaringombe stated.