By Kaleb Nghishidivali
Windhoek, 11 August 2023- Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) is urging for transparency and clarity regarding the management of the GH2 Namibia Program, as well as the involvement of the Minister of Energy in the project. The PDM expressed concern over the direct oversight of the program from the State House, deviating from established protocols.
In a statement released yesterday, the PDM, as a champion of transparency and public accountability, emphasized the importance of a transparent decision-making process that is easily understood by the public. The party is keen to understand the scope of its engagement with the GH2 Namibia Program, an initiative that significantly shapes the country’s future.
The party has taken note of James Mnyupe, the advisor, assuming a central role in decision-making authority for the GH2 Namibia Program, a position traditionally held by a government minister. The PDM is seeking a comprehensive explanation from the Office of the Minister of Mines & Energy regarding the process that led to Mnyupe’s empowerment.
Hidipo Hamata, PDM Secretary for Information and Publicity, clarified that the inquiry aims to grasp the rationale behind this shift in authority, without undermining Mnyupe’s expertise. Open dialogue is crucial to ensure that the GH2 Namibia Program achieves its objectives while upholding democratic principles.
Hamata expressed optimism that the Office of the Minister of Mines & Energy would recognize the importance of addressing these concerns and providing insights to allay the apprehensions arising in public discourse.
“The PDM remains committed to Namibia’s welfare and anticipates an open dialogue that addresses concerns and contributes to the success of the GH2 Namibia Program,” said Hamata.
GH2 Commissioner James Mnyupe highlighted that the program’s goal is to position Namibia as a green energy production leader, reducing carbon emissions and fostering economic growth. The initiative envisions integrating renewable resources like green hydrogen into the energy mix, ensuring long-term energy security.
Mnyupe stressed that the Green Hydrogen Program signifies a commitment to sustainability and envisions a greener, more prosperous future. By producing green hydrogen through renewable resources such as wind and solar power, the program aims to curb carbon emissions and combat climate change.
“We believe this program offers an exciting opportunity for professionals across disciplines to collaborate and drive innovation in the green energy sector,” Mnyupe added.
He further emphasized that the program plans to introduce eight executive positions within the Green Hydrogen Program, with more details about the program’s structure to be unveiled in due course.- Namibia Daily News