Friday 18 June 2021
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Youth failed most by government in 2018

As opposition parties weigh in on the year that was, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) Member of Parliament, Vipuaa Muharukua said in the hierarchy of all failures that has showered the county, the youth have been failed the most by government.
Muharukua, armed with an arsenal of examples pointed to government’s dismal failure to improve the lives of Namibians by providing lips services and falls promises.
The parliamentarian highlighted the promised 200 000 plots in Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Oshakati which government identified as pilot sites, yet progress remains invisible.
“We are promised 200 000 plots by the current administration in 2015, this is on top of 175 000 plots from the Hifikepunye Pohamba administration. So in total these are 375 000 plots that Swapo was supposed to have delivered to the Namibian people. Still, none of this materialized and the young people continue to eke out a miserable existence without land,” he said.
He further quoted from the Harambee Prosperity Plan which he says is supposedly the government’s blueprint which articulates the goals for the establishment of youth enterprises,  which he says nothing has been achieved to date.
Muharukua also took on Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein for been economical on the status of the economy from the onset. Since 2014, Muharukua said his office has written to Schlettwein to candidly address the status of the country’s empty coffers, but the minister sold a different narrative.
“We replied to the budget cuts and asked him to be honest with the Namibian people and tell them the real story that the economy is on a downturn and that we should fasten our seatbelt for the economic turbulences. It is a shame for a government that wants to champion transparency,” he said.
The member of the opposition also took a swipe at government’s habit of defending corruption in the circles of hierarchy. Muharukua made reference to ministers implicated in corruption sagas who are supposed to answer to the President.
“This issue, just like many others has just died. Similarly, the President is implicated in Avera and he is supposed to answer to the country, he has not done so. So how do we expect someone that cannot lead by example to teach the rest?” he queried.
Government has also been under scrutiny for its bloated cabinet which has in turn, bled the state coffers dry. Amongst the many factors depleting the state coffers, Muharukua shares his reservation on the establishment of the Ministry of Poverty Eradication.
“This ministry was created for political compensation only and not to eradicate poverty. There was no plan and it seems the ministry is still planning, four years into the administration,” he said.
Muharukua added that the ministry is consuming more, instead of giving making reference to hefty amounts set aside for the minister’s security and clothing allowance. He also added that the mandate of the ministry is befitting to be placed under the Office of the Prime Minister.
Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) deputy president Steve Bezuidenhoudt shares the same sentiment saying the country’s leadership has failed the nation yet again this year. He made a reference to the growing unemployment figures saying the government has done little to deliver the basics.
“All this is a result of a lack of laws designed to cater for the betterment of the nation. We have not planned for people to be able to put food on their table and feed their families.”
Bezuidenhoudt hopes for a better 2019, urging the electorate to wake up and finally get the strength to change leadership.
“It is a democratic problem where we don’t value our personal right to vote. Instead we are told who to vote for but when we suffer, we suffer alone.
In July this year, Trade and Industrialisation minister Tjekero Tweya said the government has dismally failed to deliver on the industrialisation of the country since independence. Tweya said the government had also failed to put policies in place to facilitate easier trade between Namibia and other countries in SADC and the rest of the world. Instead, he said the government has been making policies and laws to “lock everyone out”, which he said hinders regional integration and industrialisation.
His words were; “As policy makers, we make policies and we forget about regional integration. We go and make policies to lock out everybody else except ourselves,” he said, adding that the government has also failed to implement SADC policies for regional integration, that “we adopted a couple of years ago”.
Tweya also cautioned that very little had been done to solve the youth unemployment problem, “which is a ticking time bomb.”

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