LPM not deterred by lack of funds: Seibeb

21 Feb 2019 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 21 FEB (NAMPA) – The Landless People’s Movement (LPM) is not deterred by its empty bank account ahead of this year’s Presidential and National Assembly Elections.
These were the sentiments of LPM’s deputy-in-command and chief strategist, Henny Seibeb in an interview with Nampa on Wednesday.
The interview covered various areas, mainly the party’s financial status as it prepares to launch its campaign ahead of the November polls.
He acknowledged that it is a daunting task to compete with other political formations with abundant resources.
LPM, he said, is focused on bringing aboard international donor organisations to help finance its campaign and build its internal capacity.
“We have also spoken to some business people in Namibia and some in southern Africa to chip in, not only in terms of money, but even to support with T-shirts, vehicles and so on,” Seibeb explained.
He said the party will go into merchandising, with branded LPM products such as berets, cups and T-shirts expected to hit local shelves soon.
The party also has a strong presence on social media, he added.
He continued: “Some are saying in terms of capacity building and human resources, they can assist us. But this thing of regime changes in Africa made a lot of donor agencies scared to pump in their money.”
He was referring to the situation in some parts of Africa where non-governmental organisations have been accused of bankrolling the opposition in a bid to bring about regime change.
Political parties in Namibia have been receiving a combined N.dollars 116 million since 2015, which ballooned from N.dollars 28 million in the preceding year, according to local media reports.
Of that amount, the ruling Swapo party receives around N.dollars 97 million for their 101 seats in Parliament.
The Popular Democratic Movement operates on an annual budget of around N.dollars 10 million.