‘Promise voters what you can give’: Mumbala

14 May 2019 17:00pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 14 MAY (NAMPA) – Swapo Party regional coordinator for //Kharas, Matheus Mumbala said the party should desist from making promises it cannot accomplish and only promise the electorate what it is able to deliver.
Mumbala was speaking at a Swapo Party strategic meeting here on Tuesday.
“The time has come for us to promise those who elect us into power what we can really do for them, empty promises should end. If we say we will do something for those voting for us, we must see that we are capable of doing so in terms of funds,” said Mumbala.
He said development should also not be generalised anymore and instead should be specific depending on the region, town, village and settlement.
“We cannot just generalise development that we will build schools in the region, we need to be specific where these schools will be constructed, time for a generalising manifesto is out,” he added.
According to Mumbala, the meeting was aimed at crafting the 2019 election manifesto of the region which would be incorporated into the national election manifesto of the party.
“It is also held for regional and local authority councillors, chief executive officers in town and village councils and the chief regional officer to inform the party of the type of projects that are in the pipeline and those achievable within the next five years.”
The regional coordinator went on to say the party’s manifesto needs to match the life of the ordinary citizen.
“We have to be cognisant of the changing times, therefore we need to review our party manifesto to speak to the needs and aspirations of our electorates,” said Mumbala.
He noted that Swapo and the government have convincing stories to tell when it comes to development, such as sanitation in rural and informal settlement areas.
However, despite the successes there are indeed challenges within the region, such as poor road infrastructure between Keetmanshoop and Aroab and Aussenkehr and Rosh Pinah, the regional coordinator was quick to say.
“We have a serious issue of school space in Oranjemund as children did not get places into school this year, it is not fair we are denying those children the right to education, therefore as leaders and community members we have to push our government to do something,” he added.
Further, the halted University of Namibia Southern Campus construction has become a headache and something must be done, Mumbala reiterated.