WINDHOEK, Feb. 13 –
The All People’s Party Youth League (APPYL) observes and notes the country’s economical crisis with greatest revolutionary regret. Considering what is being published in our daily newspapers and what other information sharing platforms holds, APPYL comes to an understanding that the central government is the co-author of the country’s economic misfortune and crisis.
The government in power, voted in by the majority has in its capacity done well by this far in trying to remedy the country’s economic crisis. The APPYL wishes to extend its heartfelt appreciation to all the parties showing national love and care for the masses of people over personal gains. Cutting on foreign visits by government officials, forced leave with full pay in the NDF arena (1000 soldiers), 600 youths from NYS sent home and other remarkable ministerial inputs give an indication that the government in power is determined to make Namibia indeed the land of the brave and the struggle for liberation worth it.
APPYL shall forever recognize these! However, the brutal fact remains that romantic talks by government officials and respective media houses about our economical situation doesn’t reflect what is on the ground or what the masses of the people endure on a daily basis in all the 14 regions. No sign of economic recovery is vivid on the ground.
It is no more a secret that today, our Namibia, a country of less than 3 million in population and rich in natural resources is failing to feed its people sufficiently. Today in Namibia schools that are based in remote areas do not have basic libraries and computer labs and books are not divided in the ratio of one as to one. Tables and chairs resemble the ones used during the liberation struggle. Schools do not have basic equipped and sport grounds.
The legacy of the late Dr. Abraham Iyambo is now a history, the government is ashamed to publicly say that it has abolished the free education systems; instead the government tries to sweet call it as PARENTS CONTRIBUTION. The very same HARAMBE government that ought to remedy our economic situation fails to cut costs at the highest hierarchy but instead compromise the needs of the masses of people and that’s were budget cutting takes its full course. Mr. President, until we stop buying farms worth 45million, our economy will forever be in a mess. For as long as we continue to use government vehicles and other state owned resources for personal gains, our economy shall be crippled to the core. Mr. President for as long as the elites continue to live and eat on behalves of those who voted them into power, Namibia’s economy will never recover.
His Excellency, it will be unfair of the APPYL not to acknowledge and attest to the opinion that you have a great intention in the rise and shine of Namibia .Mr. president you have great interest in the people that voted for you in power! We have a record of the first lady praising you. It is against this background that our revolutionary movement guided by the Sankarist revolution demands few measures to be taken in consideration and tabled it in the parliament for a speedy and worthwhile recovery of our economic system .
The underneath demands shall only be a success if collective efforts prevail in our country.
1: APPYL demands that a reduction in the number of cabinet deputy ministers should be considered; especially in the areas were such deputies’ sleep on duty. Mr. President it’s not a secret that we have too many advisers and thus a reduction will do the country’s economy good. Until we see great work by our vice president, the position remains unnecessary! For now we believe it should be cut off our system.
2: It will do the nation good if you start implementing the budget cutting process in your office and those of your cabinet ministers. Cut on your salary and on the salaries of your cabinet ministers. Temporarily cease the first lady’s salary for it’s more godly to share the burden. Take into consideration that many women and schools girls endure pain on a daily basis knowing that they do not have sanitary pads and other female related needs. As the mother of the nation, she has a better understanding on how her sacrifice will be paramount.
3: APPYL demands that parliamentarian perks (Electricity and water bills) must cease. Parliamentarians are the servants of the masses of people and thus the burden outside parliament should be shared.
4:Our luxurious Mercedes-Benz should be auctioned and the government should purchase cheaper cars(Not compromising quality) sold in Namibia to be used by government officials .By doing so, the government will have enough money for students at universities and other training institutions.
5: We have many state houses in Namibia. It will do us good if we transform some into orphanage, vocational and women empowerment centers.
6: We demand a huge budget portion to be drawn in the Agricultural sector for food security in our country and to ensure that there’s sufficient food for every citizen. Fully support subsistence farmers to ensure plenty of harvest than us depending on Chinese handouts. ’He who feeds you, controls you’’
7: APPYL condemns the privileges awarded to certain youths on the basis of being ‘struggle kids’. It should come to an end and we should move forward by treating all youths equal. In terms of recruitment of youths in different fields of work, local youths from respective areas should be considered first before crossing the lines if needs be so.
We should be governed in sustainable way. Countries having tenfold the population of Namibia are making things happen and therefore Namibia is no exception. In solidarity, our crisis can be shared without straining the poor alone .This demands if taken into consideration, Namibians will live in harmony now and forever. Patience is no longer virtue in the masses of the people, if things go in the very same direction, Namibia won’t be at peace. Today a farmer is attacked in the south and if the current system does not change for the better, ATTACKS will result into major wars.
We are one! Unity in diversity! – Issued by All People’s Party Youth League
Sebastian Andreas Ntjamba