Monday 12 April 2021
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“Political projects” costing the country says Kavekotora

Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) Secretary General Mike Kavekotora has advised the Namibian government to move away from initiating politically motivated projects and to start running the country on prudent economic principles.
Speaking in the National Assembly recently, Kavekotora said government initiatives such as the Mass Housing Scheme (MHS) and TIPEEG were meant to win elections as opposed to creating lasting solutions to social problems.
“The resettlement policy has failed miserably and the provision of houses to the needy is still a challenge. The Mass Housing Scheme has failed to make a dent in housing backlog to the needy.
“It failed because like most other government projects such as TIPEEG, it is politically motivated with very little assessment on its social impact,” charged Kavekotora.
Moreover, he claimed most government projects were created as election “campaign tools”.
“The projects are meant to win elections and to transfer funds to relatives, friends and the politically connected tenderpreneurs, both local and foreigners,” said Kavekotora.
Kavekotora said Namibia was still failing to “a larger extent,” to meet the needs and aspirations of the ordinary citizens. “Namibia is still failing to a larger extent to meet the needs and aspirations of ordinary Namibians and poverty is still a burning issue. The gap between the rich and the poor is still widening, perhaps with the exception of those politically well-connected to the ruling Swapo Party,” lamented Kavekotora.
While delivering his remarks, Swapo MP Veikko Nekundi interjected in defence of the ruling party who asked Kavekotora to state what he did differently during his time in the Swapo ranks when he served as Chief Executive Officer of Namibia Housing Enterprise and later TransNamib.
Kavekotora replied: “The real reason why I lost my job (at TransNamib) was because I refused to be corrupt,” he answered bluntly.

On Education
Regarding education, Kavekotora accused government of using free education as a political tool rather than “a well thought idea”.
“When the incoming President (Hage Geingob) announced that secondary education was going to be offered for free, I knew it was more of a political pronouncement rather than a well thought idea. My suspicion was confirmed by the Honourable Minister of Education (Katrina Hanse-Himarwa) when her Deputy responded to my questions saying no study was conducted (on the feasibility of free secondary education) and (the Ministry of Education) relied on research done on primary education”.
Kavekotora further said he was not surprised that today that government’s decision to offer free secondary education is being “questioned” and seem “unsustainable” a year after its implementation.
“One year into offering secondary education, we find ourselves cutting the education budget drastically to a level that it will have a detrimental effect on the future of education in this country. “I urge the Honourable Minister of Education to go back to parents, apologize and request them to once again dig deeper in their largely empty pockets to fund the deficit,” requested Kavekotora.

On corruption
Echoing the recent words of Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein, Kavekotora pointed out that the fight against corruption demands the full attention of all citizens.
“Whether it is the misuse of office, soliciting and receiving bribes, inflating tender prices or whether improper conduct of persons who further their personal gain to the detriment of common good must be dealt with,” said Kavekotora.
Kavekotora further noted that corruption in Namibia had reached “critical” proportions and it was evident in newspaper reports. In the same way, the RDP MP said he was concerned about the manner in which highly ranked government officials and politically well-connected individual escape “prosecution” in spite of ongoing investigations into corruption related matters.
“In spite of investigations in cases of corruption, it would appear that certain highly placed individuals are evading investigations and certain instances, evading prosecution, thereby flouting the law,” bemoaned Kavekotora.
Kavekotora further urged government to insist on the adherence to the rule of law if the country is to have any hope of rooting out all vestiges of corruption which continues to have a negative impact on the livelihoods of Namibians in many respects.
Kavekotora has reiterated his previous calls for government to privatize some State Owned Enterprises.

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