LPM ready to conquer Parliament and return ancestral land

17 Apr 2019 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 17 APR (NAMPA) – With the 2019 general elections beckoning, Landless People’s Movement (LPM) leader Bernadus Swartbooi says his party is ready to conquer the “seemingly dormant” National Assembly and return lost land.
In addition to that, he noted, LPM is ready to rescue the Namibian economy from complete collapse.
These were the words of an upbeat Swartbooi in a recent interview with Nampa.
The former Land Reform deputy minister was unimpressed by the modus operandi in the August House, such as sessions not starting on time.
“It is really sad that during budget debate sessions, you still find this lacklustre approach from lawmakers,” he added.
Having now registered LPM as a fully flagged political formation, they are ready to take the National Assembly by storm through robust, well-articulated and practical debates, he noted.
Swartbooi charged that the level of debate has gone down progressively and it is not about to pick up intellectually, morally or politically.
“It’s just the lowest that we have ever seen,” he said.
At 41 and at LPM’s helm, Swartbooi said he is ready to shake up the political landscape, which he said will never be the same again.
Should he assume the role of Head of State at the November poll, Swartbooi said he will immediately do away with what he termed “all loss-making parastatals.” He also wants to increase the old age pension grant, among other things, to uplift Namibians from abject poverty.
“We will cut Government’s size and increase the budgets for education, healthcare and appropriate infrastructure development with a view to create long-term sustainable jobs,” he said.
Deputy ministers, regional governors and the vice president’s position will be a thing of the past under the LPM-led administration as they are unnecessary and a burden on the State’s fiscus, he added.
He further noted that the return of ancestral land to Namibians and restorative justice remain the cornerstones of the LPM and will enjoy elevated attention.