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Swapo 2017: Geingob's campaign promise

13/11/2017
by   Staff Writer
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Campaign Promise: What More Will TEAM HARAMBEE Do

 

This section presents the campaign promise of TEAM HARAMBEE and highlights the priorities they will be advancing, if elected. This campaign promise is not to be confused with the 2014 SWAPO Party manifesto, which remains the social contract entered into by the SWAPO Party Government and the People. The 2014 SWAPO Party

manifesto will remain intact until the next round of national and presidential elections and remains the guiding document.

 

TEAM HARAMBEE comprises of the following tried, tested and trusted Cadres:

Comrade Geingob standing for the Presidency;

Comrade Netumbo-Nandi Ndaitwah standing for the Vice Presidency;

Comrade Sophia Shaningwa standing for Secretary General, and;

Comrade Marco Hausiku, standing for Deputy Secretary General.

Fight against “‘-isms’”

 

In Article III B (4) of the SWAPO Party Constitution, the SWAPO Party declares its aim and objective to combat the retrogressive tendencies of tribalism, ethnicity, nepotism, racism, sexism, chauvinism, regionalism, personality cult, etc. A progressive and revolutionary

Party like SWAPO can never subscribe to the practice of the above mentioned retrogressive tendencies. Therefore, under Comrade Geingob’s leadership, SWAPO will continue its fight to uproot these negative practices from the fabric of Namibian society. This will be

done through the practice of inclusivity and fairness, as well as the continued practice of transparency and accountability, with the aim to build trust.

 

SWAPO Unity

 

While we advocate for this campaign to focus on playing the ball and not the player, it is unfortunate but inevitable that reckless statements will be made and feelings of resentment and animosity may linger. The first priority of Comrade Geingob therefore, will be to unite SWAPO members, post the elective Congress, as he did following the 2012 Congress outcome. This will be equally important, in anticipation of the 2019 national elections, where the SWAPO Party must stand united to contest opposition

parties. Comrade Geingob has demonstrated fairness and the willingness to reconcile and work with all Comrades, despite personal differences, during his long political career.

Comrade Geingob’s academic qualifications include a degree in Political Science. He is thus not only a seasoned politician in practice, but also has a deep academic understanding of politics in theory. He thus displays understanding and maturity at critical times. For

example, he engages in robust discussions at SWAPO Party platforms but never attacks SWAPO in the media and always defends SWAPO positions as his own.

 

 

Strengthening SWAPO

 

While the DNA of SWAPO remains intact and the Party remains the most popular mass movement in Namibia, measures are required to strengthen our operational effectiveness and efficiency.

 

TEAM HARAMBEE will advance the following key reforms at Party level:

1. Institutional Capacity building at the SWAPO Head Quarters

1.1 Strengthen the administrative capacity at SWAPO Head Quarters by increasing the capability of administrative staff, as well as implementing the Central Committee Resolution to appoint a high-level resource to assist the Secretary General (SG) with administrative duties. This administrative resource will be pegged at the level of a Permanent Secretary.

 

1.2 Ensure that the improved administrative function serves the departments, wings, regions, districts, branches and sections and all other SWAPO structures in an efficient, fair and professional manner.

 

2. Continue to Strengthen the Relationship Between the

Government and the Party

2.1 To facilitate the alignment between the Government and the Party, the SG will continue to have a standing invitation to Cabinet. It will be expected of the SG to immediately, after Cabinet meetings, brief the heads of departments of SWAPO on the outcome of Cabinet meetings.

2.2 To ensure implementation of the SWAPO Party Think Tank proposal, which

requires that review of the SWAPO Party Election Manifesto is conducted and that ongoing implementation of the SWAPO Party Manifesto is monitored by the SG.

 

3. Inter-generational pollination and Succession Planning

3.1 To actively apply our minds to the intentional capacity building of young Party cadres for the purposes of succession planning and instilling SWAPO Party values into their consciousness.

 

3.2 Ensure closer collaboration with the Elders, Women and Youth wings to ensure adequate cross-pollination of views and mainstreaming of gender and youth issues (including specific challenges faced by the elderly, vulnerable and marginalized).

 

Campaign Promise: What More Will TEAM HARAMBEE Do

 

4. Fostering the Spirit of Camaraderie

 

4.1 Ensure that regular networking and dialogue opportunities take place, where topical and contemporary issues affecting SWAPO and Namibia at large can be discussed at national, regional, branch and section levels.

These gatherings can also be used to recruit new members to SWAPO

and provide a platform for our members to engage Party leadership on

bread and butter issues. Those holding positions and any elected role will be required to provide feedback on the number of meetings held and main issues raised and in turn, SWAPO Head Quarters will provide regular information that can be distributed to the rank and file of the Party.

 

4.2 Hold monthly meetings with regional coordinators at Head Quarters, to allow for an exchange of information and reporting of pertinent issues.

4.3 Continue supporting the excellent work of the SWAPO Party School and its public lectures.

5. Conflict Resolution Mechanisms and Party Discipline

5.1 Preserve Party unity by ensuring that the disciplinary function of the Party is active and enforced. This includes acting pro-actively by providing a mediation platform before issues escalate into full blown disputes.

5.2 Ensure appropriate guidelines are in place to ensure consistent and fair application of rules so that members do not feel victimised.

6. Increase Membership

 

6.1 Ensure SWAPO members have membership cards and encourage new membership, particularly focusing on the youth, to ensure SWAPO retains its credentials as an inclusive mass movement.

 

6.2 Strengthen the administrative processes around the issue of membership cards, to ensure accurate and orderly issuance.

 

6.3 Actively manage an accurate and complete database of members and utilise such database for communication purposes and identifying/ deploying the skill of different Party members and ensuring active participation of SWAPO membership.

 

7. Effective Communication To ALL membership levels

 

7.1 Capacitate the SWAPO Department of Information to be more active and ensure the timeous release of information. There will be regular press conferences and modern channels of information dissemination will be leveraged, while not neglecting grassroot media channels like radio. We must communicate appropriately with both the grassroots and the youth.

7.2 Demystify and explain our pro-poor policies to ensure our membership buys into our collective vision and decisions taken at Party level. This is in recognition that information is power and acknowledging we have a responsibility to inform and empower the masses.

8. Financial Accountability

 

8.1 Party companies will be restructured with a focus on effective governance, accountability and profitability.

8.2 To this extent, stricter internal audit practices and financial processes will be implemented to ensure that all monies received by SWAPO, as well as SWAPO assets, are properly utilised and accounted for.

8.3 This will include regular financial feedback and timely preparation of financial audits.

8.4 Improve the procurement policies of the Party to ensure that Party

procurement is fair and preferential sourcing is aligned to service providers who are Party members. For the sake of clarity, this procurement relates to SWAPO procurement and not that of the State.

9. Utilisation of Party Resources to Develop the Party

9.1 Ensure the implementation of the Founding Father’s dream of new Party Head Quarters.

9.2 Renovate regional offices to improve the dilapidated and aged structures.

This is to provide SWAPO functionaries a conducive and safe working

environment.

9.3 We will explore the feasibility of a group medical scheme for those

working for the Party.

9.4 The Ndilimani cultural troupe deserves more support, including decent remuneration and housing. The current programme to revamp Ndilimani will therefore be expedited.

9.5 We must honour our heroes while they are still alive. We will call on friendly businesses to contribute towards a fund that will be devoted towards the upliftment and medical treatment of SWAPO fighters.

9.6 Investigate community development proposals whereby SWAPO will explore means to engage in poverty eradication programmes for its members.

Campaign Promise: What More Will TEAM

HARAMBEE Do

 

 

9.7 Introduce a sustainable compensation structure for grassroots comrades who work tirelessly in the regions for mobilisation purposes. This requires that SWAPO funds are utilised prudently, to ensure that there are funds available for this proposal. It will be necessary to first establish the necessary controls to ensure that this does not discourage the very noble spirit of volunteerism or result in financial abuse or reckless spending.

 

10. Pivotal role of Party School in leadership development at all levels

10.1 The Party School originated from Congress Resolutions. Its success allows us to consider opening it up for training that includes progressive Namibians, particularly those in strategic national positions. One key focus area of training must be on how to strengthen patriotism, in the same way Cuba has

done.

10.2 The School must also devote time and effort towards developing, articulating and clarifying principle positions of SWAPO.

10.3 Party School to train leaders in charge of state resources on the importance of transparent and accountable leadership, to ensure that the Party and Government act in unison in relation to the crackdown of corruption at all levels.

10.4 Specifically re-inforce pro-poor ideology and sensitivity in all our leaders, particularly local authority representatives, who are at the forefront of service delivery to our people.

 

11. SWAPO Research, History and Archives

 

11.1 We will ensure that the Party remains forward looking while never forgetting our past.

11.2 The Party will actively encourage its members to document their past experiences and history of the Party to ensure that we continue to

document SWAPO history in an honest and transparent manner and not forget any comrades who have made immense sacrifices for the liberation of our beloved country.

 

11.3 This will also include actively commissioning research via SWAPO

members who are at universities and/or research institutions.

11.4 Progressive SWAPO intellectuals will be encouraged to contribute as thought-leaders by publicly articulating and contextualising the views and beliefs of the Party.

Campaign Promise: What More Will TEAM

HARAMBEE Do

 

12. Constitutional and Legal Reforms

12.1 To review the capacity of comrades who represent us at local authority level, to ensure that we elect a mix of grassroots and progressive members who understand the needs of the people and have the ability to implement the vision of the Party, to the benefit of the masses.

12.2 We will also facilitate a discussion on what type of reforms the Party is required to evaluate in order to ensure that Elective Congresses are preceded by guidelines that promote consistency and ensure that the rules to be applied are agreed upon and clear. Furthermore, as a Party, we will need to introspect on how to ensure that Party elections do not cause the type of deep division as witnessed in the last four (4) elective Congresses.

Harambee Prosperity Plan Implementation

 

The HPP is this Administration’s roadmap to deliver on the 2014 SWAPO Party Manifesto.

 

The four-year impact plan (2016/17–2019/20) was therefore developed as an instrument to deliver on the electoral promise of Prosperity and has its goals and outcomes deeply rooted in the SWAPO Party Manifesto and Political Programme. Key deliverables outlined in the HPP, that will be intensified during the next two years will include the following:

 

The Fight Against Hunger Poverty and Income Inequality

 

The fight against hunger poverty will be intensified.

 

TEAM HARAMBEE remains committed to the full eradication of poverty by 2025.

 

Following the successful roll out of food banks in the Khomas region, attention will shift to arresting rural hunger poverty. This will be done through the provision of free ploughing services, seeds and other support services to communal farmers.

 

Financing constraints undermining improved agricultural output, especially for emerging and communal farmers, will be reviewed and addressed. The food bank operational model will be reviewed to reduce the transactional cost associated with the physical distribution of food.

 

Other programmes to arrest hunger poverty will be fast tracked, including the scaling up of the foster care grant and school-feeding programme.

 

Campaign Promise: What More Will TEAM HARAMBEE Do

 

The Fight Against Corruption

 

The fight against corruption will be stepped up with tighter legal provisions and strict processes which encourage transparency and ensure people are held accountable.

Cases of alleged corruption will have to be attended to more rapidly, by increasing the resource base of corruption fighting agencies, including the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Receiver of Revenue and the Courts. All provisions of the new Public Procurement Act will be enforced.

 

However it should be noted that there is a due process of law, which must be upheld.

 

Corruption is unpatriotic and a betrayal of what SWAPO fought for. Comrades will be sensitised to understand that our credentials as the Party who found itself on the right side of history requires us to remain on the right side of history by fighting corruption, inequality and poverty.

 

Education

 

With regard to education, we will continue to prioritize the improved quality of education at all levels and promote vocational education and training.

 

Dilapidated school buildings and hostel facilities will be attended to through an ‘Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Improvement Programme’.

 

The Party will therefore, from time to time, engage the Education Ministry on these critical areas.

 

Health Care

 

With regard to health care, the focus will remain on the significant reduction of maternal and infant mortality, by ensuring hospitals and clinics have adequate equipment and supplies.

 

Another focus area under health care will be the continuous training and upgrading of skills and the accelerated upgrading and expansion of health facilities, including through PPP arrangements.

 

 

Land-servicing, housing and sanitation

 

Programmes introduced under HPP to service land, construction housing and abolish the buck-system will be continued and will be accelerated in line with the anticipated recovery of the economy.

 

Local Authority Councillors who serve on the SWAPO ticket will be specifically engaged on ensuring they fulfil their important responsibility of providing services to the people.

 

Campaign Promise: What More Will TEAM HARAMBEE Do

 

Economy, Business and Job Creation

 

With regard to the economy, business and job creation, the following interventions will be pursued:

 

More attention will be paid to the expansion of the productive structure of the economy, as this is the only sure method to generate the much-required income to finance our developmental agenda.

 

Basic goods, such as school and army uniform, printing of text books, school furniture, and basic medicines, that can be produced in Namibia must be localized, by relentless implementation of the local sourcing provisions contained in the new Public Procurement Act and the Namibia Retail Sector Charter, amongst others. We will put in place a rapid acceleration plan for manufacturing promotion in Namibia.

 

Start-ups and small to medium sized enterprises remain deprived of access to risk capital.

This will be attended to, as a matter of priority, through establishment of a risk/venture capital fund, earmarked especially for the youth enterprises and SMEs.

 

Encourage the rise of black manufacturers by evaluating the procurement of goods and services in favour of previously disadvantaged Namibians. This will also discourage rent-seeking behaviour and middlemen who outsource their tenders, inflate state

procurement prices and provide low quality services or goods.

 

Efforts to streamline the business environment will continue and will be strengthened.

 

Ministers will be required to report to the secretariat and Politburo on current economic conditions.

 

Information Communication Technology [ICT], in particular data technology will be declared a strategic sector to unleash its full potential as a critical enabler for effective governance [in Government and at party level] and bringing Government closer to the people, as well as for SME development and job creation. Focus will be on access and affordability through the full utilization of the WACS cable, shared infrastructure and localization.

 

To fund our development, new innovative financing models, will the prioritised. Starting with Central Government, there are a lot of “dead assets” that could be better leveraged to finance development. Similarly, the combined balance sheet of enterprises owned by Government is massive. Through the full optimization of these assets, key objectives could be achieved, without having to incur huge and expensive debt outlays from the African Development Bank, World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

 

To ensure the reduction of wasteful expenditure remains an ongoing focus. The State must receive value for how resources are spent. The Party will be expected to adopt the same principles in relation to prudent financial management.

 

Campaign Promise: What More Will TEAM HARAMBEE Do

 

Infrastructure Development

 

Infrastructure Development will continue to be prioritized, with the focus on water and energy supply [including aggressive promotion of renewables as part of the energy mix] and the upgrading of our national rail network and select roads.

 

To relieve Treasury, the strategy to promote such infrastructure development will be through project financing and PPP agreements.

International Engagements

 

SWAPO will never forget its friends and we endeavour to continue strengthening our relationships with sister parties of former Liberation movements (ANC, MPLA, ZANU-Pf, FRELIMO, Chama Cha Mapinduzi), those who assisted us during our struggle for liberation. We will also open up to other progressive forces who share our ideological inclinations.

 

We will remain ever-vigilant in ensuring that our progressive values are not undermined by dealing with international institutions which seek to impose their “restructuring programmes” and undermine our sovereignty.

 

We will not allow globalisation to introduce a modern version of imperialism through the back door, by introducing conditions or opposing pro-poor and pro- Namibian initiatives.

 

The Party stands on the principle that ‘rights denied to anyone undermine the rights afforded to everyone’ and will therefore continue to call for the full implementation of all relevant United Nations resolutions on Palestine and the Western Sahara and for the complete removal of the blockade against Cuba.

 

Support the review of the United Nations, to make it more democratic and inclusive in particular from an African and developing world perspective.

Work towards the integration of Africa and to fully participate in a globalised world.

In the same way we are promoting a Namibian House, where no one should feel left out, we will continue to advocate for a United African House based on the AU Constitutive Act and a Global Village based on the UN Charter