‘We know why people are angry’: PDM

29 Jul 2019 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 29 JUL (NAMPA) – The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) say they know why Namibians are angry, charging that the ruling Swapo Party has “completely destroyed the country the people fought so long and hard to liberate”.
PDM was responding to remarks made by President Hage Geingob during his town hall meeting in Omuthiya recently where he asked why Namibians were angry.
“Why are people angry? Namibians are so angry. People are angry with the government over issues they have no knowledge about,” said Geingob.
He also called on Namibians to engage in discussions to solve issues and seek unity as division would cause chaos.
In a statement released on Sunday by PDM treasurer general Nico Smit, PDM said Swapo made empty promises since independence, including free education which now has become a disaster when they changed the school curricula, amongst others.
“Swapo promised houses for everyone and instead, hundreds of thousands of Namibians now live in shanty towns on the outskirts of cities and towns with no running water, no electricity and no rubbish and sewerage removal,” the statement added.
It further cited the lack of unemployment which skyrocketed especially among the youth as another cause for anger among communities.
PDM also attributed the current difficult economic conditions to the Swapo-led government.
“The collapse of the Namibian economy which has caused unbelievable suffering and hardship for especially the poor people of this country is man-made through incompetent and corrupt leadership and must be laid squarely at the door of the ruling Swapo Party,” it said.
The official opposition party accused Swapo of “blatant corruption it fostered and encouraged ever since it came to power in 1990”.