By Kaleb Nghishidivali
Windhoek, July 31 – The Secretary-General of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), Manuel Ngaringombe, has responded to concerning articles published in the Namibian Sun Newspaper on July 31st, 2023. In a statement, Ngaringombe criticized the ruling party’s chairperson, Frans Kapofi, for failing to address corrupt activities involving members of the party. Quoting Edmund Burke, he emphasized, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” He called for swift action to address the systemic corruption within SWAPO.
Ngaringombe expressed unease over comments made by Khomas governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua, which he saw as indicative of an unhealthy political mindset. He criticized her apparent disregard for democracy, dismissive attitude towards opposition parties, and indifference towards issues of underperformance.
“Democracy is a dynamic process, not an artefact delivered by a single entity,” Ngaringombe emphasized. He stressed that the evolution of leadership should be a collective effort and not subject to the whims of a single party.
The PDM secretary-general also highlighted high unemployment rates, non-functioning green schemes, and concerns about service delivery as significant issues of underperformance by the ruling party. He stated that neglecting these realities amounts to a denial of the people’s welfare, who have entrusted the ruling party with their well-being.
Emphasizing the need for change, Ngaringombe stated that after 33 years of independence, Namibia should not be grappling with basic facilities such as water and ablution services. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,” he echoed the words of Martin Luther King Jr. He asserted that the PDM stands ready to be a government in waiting and represents the transformative change Namibia seeks.
Ngaringombe called for an end to empty rhetoric and name-calling, urging tangible change and progression. “The time for change is now,” he asserted, highlighting the need for economic emancipation, improved health and sanitation, and a better Namibia where all citizens can realize their potential.
In conclusion, Ngaringombe urged Namibians to vote for the PDM in 2024, viewing it as a catalyst for the much-needed transformation the nation seeks. The PDM’s call for immediate action on systemic issues aims to pave the way for a brighter and more prosperous future for all citizens. – Namibian Daily News