APP launches election manifesto

02 Oct 2019 08:30am

WINDHOEK, 02 OCT (NAMPA) – All People’s Party (APP) Secretary General and candidate for Parliament, Vincent Kanyetu launched the party's manifesto for the November Presidential and National Assembly elections on Tuesday. Kanyetu announced APP’s list of 72 candidates for Parliament and outlined its manifesto, which amongst others promises a government committed to education and lifelong learning, at a media briefing in Windhoek. He said the uniqueness of the manifesto is the importance it places on agriculture as a way to deal with unemployment in the country. “By focusing on agriculture, the party promises that it will ensure young people who reside in rural areas have access to small holdings to produce food for home consumption and also for the market,” he said. Kanyetu added that by spearheading national development projects countrywide, APP will ensure that youth are kept busy through gainful employment instead of indulging in destructive habits like alcohol and drug abuse. “These habits are on the rise in the country and pose a serious concern to Namibian society,” he said. Kanyetu also informed the media of the top 20 candidates for the APP parliamentary list which he described as gender balanced and representative of most regions in Namibia. He said although the party does not subscribe to the doctrine of 50/50 gender representation, the APP has a list which is 51 per cent men and 49 per cent women. One of the female candidates in the top 20, Petronella Steenkamp, told Nampa APP is a progressive party in terms of gender representation. She said the party’s president, Ignatius Shixwameni is a gender sensitive man who has always put women’s issues at the forefront of APP policy. (NAMPA) VNV/AS