Govt. out of touch with people over which it lords: CoD

09 Jan 2014 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 09 JAN (NAMPA) - The leadership of the Congress of the Democrats (CoD) is calling on the Swapo-led Government to invest more funds in the future of the country and for the betterment of the peoples' living conditions.
“Our call this year is for the Namibian Government to invest in the future of our country by making more funds available for higher education - by establishing more universities, colleges and vocational training centres,” said Tsudao Gurirab, the CoD Secretary-General, in a media statement availed to Nampa here on Thursday afternoon.
He further said the leadership of his party will also during the course of this year commit itself to ensure that the Namibian Government complies with all the existing laws of the country as a means to ensure good and accountable government.
“We shall be active in this particular area this year. As we march to elections 2014, it cannot be business as usual. We must wrest the initiative from this Swapo-Party-led government of the few fat cats to one which serves the interest of many,” said the CoD leader.
Gurirab also called upon all Namibians to start “recharging their collective political batteries” in preparations for the presidential and parliamentary elections of 2014 which, according to him, will bring the curtain down on the government of President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
“For now, our country exhibits all the signs of a country of conservative economic growth and widening and deepening poverty; of worrying gender-based violence and low scholastic achievements,” he noted.
The CoD indicated that at the same time, government is creating a politically selected and connected class of the few who feed of their connections to the government of the day.
It is this and other callous and thoughtless actions of government which were the causes of the many strikes the country experienced last year, said Gurirab.
“Government’s response to all these was to end last year with proposals to increase their salaries and remuneration – clearly a sign of government which is out of touch with the people over which it lords,” stated Gurirab.
According to him, the CoD leadership will further make sure during the course of this year that the poor communities in Namibia will no longer continue to be discriminated by the Swapo-Party government.
Namibians go to the polls for the Presidential and National Assembly elections in November this year.