LPM now a political party

08 Feb 2019 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 08 FEB (NAMPA) – After Friday earning its recognition as a political party by the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN), the Landless People’s Movement (LPM) says it is not entering the political arena to play second fiddle to the ruling Swapo Party.
According to its leader Bernadus Swartbooi, LPM is the alternative government in waiting and has the capacity to take Namibia out of the trenches of poverty.
Swartbooi made these remarks during an interview with Nampa shortly after receiving LPM’s certificate as a registered political party at the ECN’s head office in Windhoek on Friday.
He said the registration of LPM marks the commencement of a revolution, that of restorative justice to replace that of Swapo, which started on 21 March 1990.
“Not only are we sharpening the debate, we are sharpening the solutions to the crises of this country,” an upbeat Swartbooi added.
He said present day Namibia is confronted by a “serious governance challenge as those in positions of power are preoccupied with self-serving and self-gratifying interests”.
LPM, he continued mainly intends to uproot corruption in Namibia’s public service and restore the people’s trust in the government, while transforming several statutory bodies to make them more efficient and cease others.
Also at the centre of LPM’s agenda is pushing for legislation that will transform the Office of the Prosecutor General (PG).
Under the LPM government, the PG will only be allowed to serve for two five-year terms, unlike the “current lifelong job”.
More so, LPM plans to reduce ministries from the current 26 to 13 and will not appoint any regional governor, should it take over.
Since its birth in 2017, the movement has dominated conversation on land, especially the return of ancestral land to certain Namibian tribes.
It is currently headed by Swartbooi, a former governor, who is deputised by Henny Seibeb.
Swartbooi, formerly a Swapo Member of Parliament and deputy minister for Land Reform, co-founded LPM after he was booted from the National Assembly for refusing to apologise to his then superior, Utoni Nujoma.
He criticised Nujoma for the manner in which the government was handling the resettlement programme.
LPM becomes the first political formation to be registered under the new electoral law.