‘Swapo ran Namibia into a sorry state’: Swartbooi

29 Apr 2019 15:50pm
REHOBOTH, 29 APR (NAMPA) – The leader of the Landless People’s Movement (LPM), Bernadus Swartbooi said the democratically elected leaders of Namibia has governed the State into a sorry state over 29 years of independence.
Swartbooi made the remarks at a mass meeting held in Rehoboth on Sunday and said the citizens did not ask for freedom for hunger, poverty, landlessness and the financial crunch the country finds itself in.
“In just 29 years of governance, the so-called leaders of this other party (Swapo) that is in power now, governed Namibia into the ground with her citizens not even able to afford a piece of land. No person should be regarded as a citizen of a country without a piece of land,” charged Swartbooi.
He said the LPM will in the first 100 days of its tenure after being voted into power, give landless citizens land where they can build their houses.
Social grants will also increase, according to Swartbooi.
“We will give the citizens the piece of land they sit on and increase social grants of children from the mere N.dollars 250 to N.dollars 1 500 and will make the old age pension N.dollars 3 000 per month,” he said.
Swartbooi said citizens of Namibia do not demand much from the government; they only need basic services to be availed to them.
“We still have people living in shacks and without proper sanitation. If after 29 years of independence you are living in impoverished conditions, then you need to change your votes and vote those people out of power,” he charged.
He reiterated another campaign promise that the “bloated” government will be cut by LPM and Parliament will only have needed ministers.
“We will do away with the ‘handlangertjies’ (workhands) such as the deputy ministers and regional governors who are only there to loot. We will use the finances from those cuts to better our education system of which our children actually do not have a future from the look of things,” he added.
He asked the people attending the meeting to vote for LPM “that will restore their dignity as citizens and restore the economy of the country”.
“Let’s walk together a path where we are sure we will get our land back that are given to foreign nationals for favours, a path we are sure our dignity will be restored and every citizen will enjoy the fruits of democracy,” he concluded.