PDM pledges ‘minimum government with maximum governance’

26 Sep 2019 19:30pm
WINDHOEK, 26 SEP (NAMPA) – Leader of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) McHenry Venaani has promised to prioritise the effective governance of Namibia and its resources should he assume the presidency of the republic on 21 March 2020.
Venaani said this at a media conference in the capital on Wednesday, which was convened for the release of PDM’s election manifesto - a document in which the party attempts to convince Namibians why Venaani and PDM should be voted into power when Namibia holds its Presidential and National Assembly elections on 27 November.
“If you are criminal or you have a business interest, you shall not serve in our government,” he said.
This envisioned government, according to Vanaani, will be composed of Namibians from all walks of life, irrespective of their political affiliation.
Chief among Venaani’s proposed interventions is to have a leaner and more effective executive.
“I am going to reduce the Namibian Cabinet by up to 50 per cent. We are going to have 15 ministers and four deputy ministers only,” he said.
Venaani’s ministries will include that of International Relations; Defence; Finance and Economic Planning; Education, Science and Culture; Health, Gender and Social Services; Home Affairs and National Security and Justice and Attorney General.
Other ministries will be called Agrarian, Water and Land Reform; Environment, Tourism and Fisheries; Housing, Local and Regional Governance; Mines, Energy, Works and Transport.
The remaining three are Trade, SME and Industry; Youth and Employment Creation; Information, Research and Digital Economy, as well as the Ministry of Coordination, Evaluation and Implementation which will resort under the Office of the Prime Minister.
The four envisaged ministries with deputy ministers will be Finance and Economic Planning; Education, Science, Sports and Culture; Housing Local and Regional Governance and Health, Gender and Social Affairs.
“We believe and I believe in a minimum government with maximum governance,” he said.
Venaani also vowed to get rid of what he referred to as redundant portfolios such as that of the vice president and deputy prime minister.