LPM eyes Keetmanshoop Urban Constituency

13 Sep 2019 11:40am
KEETMANSHOOP, 13 SEP (NAMPA) – The Landless People’s Movement (LPM) will target the Keetmanshoop Urban Constituency regional councillor position in next year’s by-elections, the party’s deputy leader, Henny Seibeb has said.
Seibeb said this during an interview with the media here on Thursday, adding that LPM is ready to bring economic development to Keetmanshoop and the ||Kharas Region at large.
“We will take over from Swapo come next year in the by-elections, then we will show these people how a regional council is run,” he said.
The Keetmanshoop Urban Constituency regional councillor position is expected to be vacant after the current councillor, Hilma Nicanor was elected in the 18th spot on the ruling Swapo Party’s National Assembly list of candidates.
Seibeb further revealed that LPM will be taking 25 delegates to the University of the Western Cape (UWC) for a week-long learning excursion to acquire skills in topics such as youth in agriculture, fisheries reform in South Africa and Namibia and integrated resource governance in southern Africa, among others.
“After writing letters to our universities here in the country and because of the patronages in this country, we did not get any response from them. We then decided to engage with UWC and the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) and they agreed to assist us,” he added.
This learning excursion, according to Seibeb, is for the delegates to acquire the skills needed when they have to address issues affecting the electorate in Parliament and local or regional governance next year. The delegates will be exposed to theoretical and practical teaching.
“They must have the knowledge and understanding and factual scenarios as the days of standing up and shouting slogans are out, we need to capacitate so that when we talk, we talk based on evidence and research facts and figures for planning,” Seibeb stressed.
The group leaves for South Africa on Sunday.