Posted 14 June 2011, by Tunomukwathi Asino, New Era, newera.com.na
WINDHOEK -The Rally for Democracy and Progress Youth League (RDPYL) has whacked the government and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in resolutions taken at a Central Committee meeting recently.
Speaking at a press conference at the RDP headquarters on Sunday, RDPYL Secretary Sibuku Malumbano criticised the government’s alleged inability to care for all its citizens. He was referring to Adam and Sara Fredericks who died from exposure to cold weather in the Karas Region last week.
“Any caring, democratic government is viewed on how it takes care of the physically and economically weak, including the old, the minors, the minority groups and the disabled persons,” lamented the RDPYL leader.
“If the Swapo government is a caring one, then we want the people of Namibia to judge it based on some of these preventable, unnecessary and uncalled for deaths,” he said.
Malumbano noted the late Fredericks’s were pensioners who received a monthly social grant of N$500 “which is absolutely too little”.
“They were reported to have been found huddled together in a thin blanket in an old minibus they had been using as their rented home in the backyard of a house in Tseiblaagte, and renting the backyard space for N$50.00,” he said.
“An elderly couple renting a minibus in their own motherland because they have no place they call home, they are landless. And worse still, they only have a thin blanket in a mineral-rich country like Namibia,” Malumbano said.
RDPYL held its central meeting at the Multi-Purpose Youth Centre in Katutura on May 14.
Malumbano said the following resolutions were taken so that “the ongoing intimidations by Swapo Party will no more be tolerated in any way”.
– “All areas in the Republic of Namibia must be free and accessible to all for political campaigns by all political parties and no political party must be restricted.”
– “Permanent and well-paying jobs, with all benefits, should be accessible and made available to all Namibian youth regardless of colour, creed or political affiliation.”
– “The tendency of discriminating against young Namibians by classifying them as ‘struggle kids’, ‘born-frees or ‘those who were born in the country’ must be stopped forthwith.”
Malumbano added that the Deputy Minister of Education, Dr David Namwandi, must be reshuffled from that ministry “because of his involvement in the International University of Management (IUM). There is a serious conflict of interest as IUM receives funding from the Ministry of Education.”
“The ACC should be dissolved because it does not serve the purpose it was intended for, [which] is to root out corruption completely by investigating and arresting all the culprits without fear or favour.”
“Its failure to bring to task those involved in the ODC (N$100 million), NDF (N$3 million), Teko (N$120 million), Social Security Commission (N$30 million), NamPower (N$300 + N$ 250 million) (sic) because they are politically well-connected shows that the ACC has become a tool for the power that be to pretend that they are serious about fighting corruption,” charged the RDPYL secretary.
He said Namibia needs an independent anti-corruption commission with its own budgetary allocation approved by parliament.
RDP Youth League slams Govt, ACC – by Tunomukwathi Asino