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New Era Newspaper Monday November 20, 2017

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12 ADVERTORIAL Monday, November 20 2017 | NEW ERA TEAM HARAMBEE President Cde. Hage Gottfried Geingob ARTICULATION OF KEY POSITIONS This response outlines the views of the candidates who are collectively known as TEAM HARAMBEE. 1. DEMOCRATIC CONTESTATION SWAPO is a Party that espouses the principles of democracy. With the 6th elective Congress of the mighty SWAPO Party approaching, we have embarked into a period of contestation. This is a period that ought to uphold the SWAPO Party principles and values. In the contestation of any democratic election, it is expected for support groups to develop as respective candidates vie for support. However, following contestation, everyone should rally behind the winner without developing ‘Savimbi Syndrome’, a term coined by Comrade Geingob in his Doctoral Thesis on ‘State Formation in Namibia, 2004.’ The term relates to the belief of individuals that “I must be in and if I am not in, then everything must be destroyed.” It is easier for all to rally behind a winner if contestants, during the campaign period, play the ball and not the player. In other words, focus on the issues and not personalities. When one plays the ball, players accept the outcome once the game is over and are quick to shake hands and move on. This campaign focuses therefore on the presentation of concrete proposals to strengthen the SWAPO Party, entrench the trust of the masses and propel the country forward. 2. SUPPORT GROUPS For some to promote themselves as more SWAPO than others, by dubbing themselves ‘Team SWAPO’ is disingenuous, as it implies that some are more and others lesser SWAPO. A contestation within the Party and should be viewed within that context. This is not a national election contest, where it would be appropriate to collectively campaign as ‘Team SWAPO’. Within the context of an intra-Party contest, the name ‘Team SWAPO’ appears intentionally crafted to confuse the masses to attend gatherings, under the guise of a SWAPO Party gathering; as opposed to being clear that such gatherings are for the proponents of a slate, contesting intra-SWAPO elections. 3. THE LEGACY OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDACY SWAPO has over the period of six decades, entrenched an enduring legacy. The SWAPO nature of evolution, continuity and unity is well captured in the notion “The Legacy Continues”. This notion of continuity pertains to the identification, grooming and smooth, orderly succession of leadership. When some say they support a sole candidate, it is their democratic right to do so, as this in no way prevents any candidate from being nominated for contestation. While the candidate Comrade Hage Geingob has never called for sole candidacy, our campaign understands such calls to be in line with the legacy of SWAPO, whereby SWAPO leaders were never opposed as incumbent Heads of State. As democrats, we are not afraid of elections; as a matter of fact we welcome them, acknowledging however, that we have deviated from the established practice of SWAPO. It is against the above that Comrade Geingob was duly nominated as the Party Presidential candidate. This new reality naturally demands that the incumbent Head of State will continue with his duties at the service of all Namibians and also manage his campaign simultaneously. Comrade Sam Nujoma will forever be hailed for having brought unity, peace, reconciliation and security to a strife torn country. Comrade Pohamba built on the legacy of Comrade Nujoma and will be hailed for having entrenched stability in our Republic. Comrade Geingob has been tasked with the daunting assignment to usher Namibia into the epoch of prosperity. Together with fellow SWAPO members, Comrade Geingob will leave no stone unturned in eradicating poverty, unemployment, extreme inequality and corruption and thereby, ensuring prosperity for all. 4. TWO CENTRES OF POWER What is termed ‘Two centres of power’ is defined as having one SWAPO leader as President of the Republic of Namibia and another SWAPO leader as President of the Party. In other words, a President for SWAPO and another President for the SWAPO Government. If two centres of power are to conform to the will of SWAPO’s highest decision-making body (the Elective Congress), it would be more appropriate to recommend a change to the rules of SWAPO, ensuring that all SWAPO Presidents will be subjected to this principle of sharing their mandate, going forward. Such a serious deviation from the established practice must be generally applied and adhered to, and not be used as a tactic to out-manoeuvre a specific leader. If this is a matter of principle and not personality, then we should consider a discussion and analysis of the relationship the Party wants to have with its representatives in the Government. We observe demonstrated intent, by some, to break rather than to build and to undermine, rather than to cooperate. We can only conclude that the call for two centres of power is a poorly disguised attempt to remove the mandate given to a leader by the people. Those who want to lead, should first win at the ballot with the 50 percent majority rule and not attempt to impose themselves on Congress delegates and the nation at large. There has been insufficient presentation of concrete proposals that can move the Party and country forward from the so-called “TEAM SWAPO”. Voting delegates of Congress should be trusted with facts and information to inform their decision-making. 5. THE “SLATE” Slates are not a new concept in democracy. You will recall that Comrade Pohamba informed us that he would like to continue with ‘his team’, which included Comrade Geingob as Vice President and Comrade Ithana as Secretary General. Comrade Pendukeni chose not to follow the team as outlined by the President at the time and rather decided to contest for the Vice Presidency. Comrade Ekandjo also chose to contest for Vice-Presidency and their combined votes still fell short of the votes obtained by Comrade Geingob. As the saying goes say, the rest is history. It was puzzling to note the surprise reaction over a Presidential candidate identifying, at the time of nominations, a slate. As if it were unconstitutional or undemocratic. Each member of ‘Team Harambee’ was individually nominated, seconded and endorsed by the Politburo, which has the full mandate to do so. It is further ironic that those who objected to the announcement of the slate now referred to as ‘Team Harambee’, went on to organize themselves under the slate, ‘Team SWAPO’. 6. THE EVOLUTION OF SWAPO Over the period of six decades, SWAPO has succeeded to create and entrench a legacy of Peace, Stability and Prosperity. The challenge has been how to attune to the change in subjective conditions, without altering the DNA of SWAPO. We believe that SWAPO has remained true to its identity while successfully addressing the prevailing contemporary realities at each point in time. That is why SWAPO today still has the characteristics of a revolutionary liberation movement, while it continues evolving into a modern and relevant political party that speaks to the hearts and aspirations of all Namibians. The significantly improved performance outcome of SWAPO in the watershed 2014 electoral results, confirmed that SWAPO had consolidated and deepened its popularity with the masses. This evidence makes it an exercise in intellectual dishonesty for anybody to claim that SWAPO has lost touch with the masses. The world as we knew it has changed. It is therefore pertinent that SWAPO adapts to deal with the contemporary challenges, in order to remain at the forefront of fighting for social justice. There are those who claim that SWAPO has changed and it is no longer the Party they used to know. For those we have the following to say: SWAPO has not changed. The World has changed or perhaps, it is you, who has changed. SWAPO remains true to the pursuit of its fundamental ideals for social justice and liberty, in all its forms, while positioning itself as a Party that is ready to face the challenges of the twenty first century. CAMPAIGN PROMISE This section highlights the priorities TEAM HARAMBEE will be advancing, if elected. This campaign promise is not to be confused with the 2014 SWAPO Party Manifesto, which remains the social contract entered into by the SWAPO Party Government and the People. The 2014 SWAPO Party manifesto will remain intact until the next round of national and presidential elections and remains the guiding document. Fight against “‘-isms’” The SWAPO Party Constitution, declares the Party’s aim and objective to combat the retrogressive tendencies of tribalism, ethnicity, nepotism, racism, sexism, chauvinism, regionalism, personality cult, etc. A progressive and revolutionary Party like SWAPO can never subscribe to the practice of the above mentioned retrogressive tendencies. Therefore, under Comrade Geingob’s leadership, SWAPO will continue its fight to uproot these negative practices from the fabric of Namibian society. This will be done through the practice of inclusivity and fairness, as well as the continued practice of transparency and accountability, to build trust. SWAPO Unity While we advocate for this campaign to focus on playing the ball and not the player, it is unfortunate but inevitable that reckless statements will be made and feelings of resentment and animosity may linger. The first priority of Comrade Geingob therefore, will be to unite SWAPO members, post elective Congress, as he did following the 2012 Congress outcome. This will be equally important, in anticipation of the 2019 national elections, where the SWAPO Party must stand united to contest opposition parties. Strengthening SWAPO TEAM HARAMBEE will advance the following key reforms at Party level to strengthen operational effectiveness and efficiency: 1. Institutional Capacity building at the SWAPO Head Quarters 1.1 Strengthen the administrative capacity at SWAPO Head Quarters by increasing the capability of administrative staff, as well as implementing the Central Committee Resolution to appoint a high-level resource to assist the Secretary General (SG) with administrative duties. This administrative resource will be pegged at the level of a Permanent Secretary. 1.2 Ensure that the improved administrative function serves the departments, wings, regions, districts, branches and sections and all other SWAPO structures in an efficient, fair and professional manner. 2. Continue to Strengthen the Relationship Between the Government and the Party 2.1 Facilitate the alignment between the Government and the Party, the Secretary General will continue to have a standing invitation to Cabinet. It will be expected of the SG to immediately, after Cabinet meetings, brief the heads of departments of SWAPO on the outcome of Cabinet meetings. 2.2 Ensure implementation of the SWAPO Party Think Tank proposal, which requires that review of the SWAPO Party Election Manifesto is conducted and that ongoing implementation of the SWAPO Party Manifesto is monitored by the SG. 3. Inter-generational pollination and Succession Planning 3.1 Actively apply our minds to the intentional capacity building of young Party cadres for the purposes of succession planning and instilling SWAPO Party values into their consciousness. 3.2 Ensure closer collaboration with the Elders, Women and Youth wings to ensure adequate cross- pollination of views and mainstreaming of gender and youth issues (including specific challenges faced by the elderly, vulnerable and marginalized). 4. Fostering the Spirit of Camaraderie 4.1 Ensure that regular networking and dialogue opportunities take place, where topical and contemporary issues affecting SWAPO and Namibia at large can be discussed at national, regional, branch and section levels. These gatherings can also be used to recruit new members to SWAPO and provide a platform for our members to engage Party leadership on bread and butter issues. Those holding positions and any elected role will be required to provide feedback on the number of meetings held and main issues raised and in turn, SWAPO Head Quarters will provide regular information that can be distributed to the rank and file of the Party. 4.2 Hold monthly meetings with regional coordinators at Head Quarters, to allow for an exchange of information and reporting of pertinent issues. 4.3 Continue supporting the excellent work of the SWAPO Party School and its public lectures. 5. Conflict Resolution Mechanisms and Party Discipline 5.1 Preserve Party unity by ensuring that the disciplinary function of the Party is active and enforced. This includes acting pro-actively by providing a mediation platform before issues escalate into full blown disputes. 5.2 Ensure appropriate guidelines are in place to ensure consistent and fair application of rules so that members do not feel victimised. 6. Increase Membership 6.1 Ensure SWAPO members have membership cards and encourage new membership, particularly focusing on the youth, to ensure SWAPO retains its credentials as an inclusive mass movement. 6.2 Strengthen the administrative processes around the issue of membership cards, to ensure accurate and orderly issuance. 6.3 Actively manage an accurate and complete database of members and utilise such database for communication purposes and identifying/deploying the skill of different Party members and ensuring active participation of SWAPO membership. 7. Effective Communication To ALL membership levels 7.1 Capacitate the SWAPO Department of Information to be more active and ensure the timeous release of information. There will be regular press conferences and modern channels of information dissemination will be leveraged, while not neglecting grassroot media channels like radio. We must communicate appropriately with both the grassroots and the youth; 7.2 Demystify and explain our pro-poor policies to ensure our membership buys into our collective vision and 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 1 1 1 1 1

Monday, November 20 2017 | NEW ERA ADVERTORIAL 13 I a m c o m m i t t e d t o e n s u r i n g t h a t t h e b a s i c n e e d s o f a l l N a m i b i a n s a r e m e t . I v a l u e o u r d e m o c r a c y a n d e m b r a c e d i a l o g u e t o r e s o l v e d i ff e r e n c e s . N o o n e s h o u l d f e e l l e f t o u t . I n s t e a d , w e s t a n d u n i t e d a s O N E N A M I B I A , O N E N AT I O N . decisions taken at Party level. This is in recognition that information is power and acknowledging we have a responsibility to inform and empower the masses. 8. Financial Accountability 8.1 Party companies will be restructured with a focus on effective governance, accountability and profitability. 8.2 To this extent, stricter internal audit practices and financial processes will be implemented to ensure that all monies received by SWAPO, as well as SWAPO assets, are properly utilised and accounted for. 8.3 Including regular financial feedback and timely preparation of financial audits. 8.4 Improve procurement policies of the Party to ensure that Party procurement is fair and preferential sourcing is aligned to service providers who are Party members. For the sake of clarity, this procurement relates to SWAPO procurement and not that of the State. 9. Utilisation of Party Resources to Develop the Party 9.1 Ensure implementation of the Founding Father’s dream of new Party Head Quarters. 9.2 Renovate regional offices to improve the dilapidated and aged structures. This is to provide SWAPO functionaries a conducive and safe working environment. 9.3 Explore the feasibility of a group medical scheme for those working for the Party. 9.4 Ndilimani cultural troupe deserves more support, including decent remuneration and housing. The current programme to revamp Ndilimani will therefore be expedited. 9.5 We must honour our heroes while they are still alive. We will call on friendly businesses to contribute towards a fund that will be devoted towards the upliftment and medical treatment of SWAPO fighters. 9.6 Investigate community development proposals whereby SWAPO will explore means to engage in poverty eradication programmes for its members. 9.7 Introduce a sustainable compensation structure for grassroots comrades who work tirelessly in the regions for mobilisation purposes. This requires that SWAPO funds are utilised prudently, to ensure that there are funds available for this proposal. It will be necessary to first establish the necessary controls to ensure that this does not discourage the very noble spirit of volunteerism or result in financial abuse or reckless spending. 10. Pivotal role of Party School in leadership development at all levels 10.1 The Party School originated from Congress Resolutions. Its success allows us to consider opening it up for training that includes progressive Namibians, particularly those in strategic national positions. One key focus area of training must be on how to strengthen patriotism, in the same way Cuba has done. 10.2 The School must also devote time and effort towards developing, articulating and clarifying principle positions of SWAPO. 10.3 Party School to train leaders in charge of state resources on the importance of transparent and accountable leadership, to ensure that the Party and Government act in unison in relation to the crackdown of corruption at all levels. 10.4 Specifically reinforce pro-poor ideology and sensitivity in all our leaders, particularly local authority representatives, who are at the forefront of service delivery to our people. 11. SWAPO Research, History and Archives 11.1 Ensure that the Party remains forward looking while never forgetting our past. 11.2 The Party will actively encourage its members to document their past experiences and history of the Party to ensure that we continue to document SWAPO history in an honest and transparent manner and not forget any comrades who have made immense sacrifices for the liberation of our beloved country. 11.3 Actively commissioning of research via SWAPO members who are at universities and/or research institutions. 11.4 Progressive SWAPO intellectuals will be encouraged to contribute as thoughtleaders by publicly articulating and contextualising the views and beliefs of the Party. 12. Constitutional and Legal Reforms 12.1 Review the capacity of comrades who represent us at local authority level, to ensure that we elect a mix of grassroots and progressive members who understand the needs of the people and have the ability to implement the vision of the Party, to the benefit of the masses. 12.2 Facilitate a discussion on what type of reforms the Party is required to evaluate in order to ensure that Elective Congresses are preceded by guidelines that promote consistency and ensure that the rules to be applied are agreed upon and clear. Furthermore, as a Party, we will need to introspect on how to ensure that Party elections do not cause the type of deep division as witnessed in the last four (4) elective Congresses. HARAMBEE PROSPERITY PLAN IMPLEMENTATION The HPP is this Administration’s roadmap to deliver on the 2014 SWAPO Party Manifesto. The four-year impact plan (2016/17– 2019/20) has been developed as an instrument to deliver on the electoral promise of Prosperity and has its goals and outcomes deeply rooted in the SWAPO Party Manifesto and Political Programme. Key deliverables that will be intensified during the next two years include: The Fight Against Hunger Poverty and Income Inequality • The fight against hunger poverty will be intensified. • TEAM HARAMBEE remains committed to the full eradication of poverty by 2025. • Following the successful roll out of food banks in the Khomas region, attention will shift to arresting rural hunger poverty. This will be done through the provision of free ploughing services, seeds and other support services to communal farmers. • Financing constraints undermining improved agricultural output, especially for emerging and communal farmers, will be reviewed and addressed. The food bank operational model will be reviewed to reduce the transactional cost associated with the physical distribution of food. • Other programmes to arrest hunger poverty will be fast tracked, including the scaling up of the foster care grant and school-feeding programme. attended to more rapidly, by increasing the resource base of corruption fighting agencies, including the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Receiver of Revenue and the Courts. • Provisions of the new Public Procurement Act will be enforced. • However it should be noted that there is a due process of law, which must be upheld. • Corruption is unpatriotic and a betrayal of what SWAPO fought for. Comrades will be sensitised to understand that our credentials as the Party who found itself on the right side of history requires us to remain on the right side of history by fighting corruption, inequality and poverty. Education • With regard to education, we will continue to prioritize the improved quality of education at all levels and promote vocational education and training. • Dilapidated school buildings and hostel facilities will be attended to through an ‘Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Improvement Programme’. • The Party will therefore, from time to time, engage the Education Ministry on these critical areas. Health Care • With regard to health care, the focus will remain on the significant reduction of maternal and infant mortality, by ensuring hospitals and clinics have adequate equipment and supplies. • Another focus area under health care will be the continuous training and upgrading of skills and the accelerated upgrading and expansion of health facilities, including through PPP arrangements. Land-servicing, housing and sanitation • Programmes introduced under HPP to service land, construction housing and abolish the bucksystem will continued and will be accelerated in line with the anticipated recovery of the economy. • Local Authority Councilors who serve on the SWAPO ticket will be specifically engaged on ensuring they fulfil their important responsibility of providing services to the people. Economy, Business and Job Creation • More attention will be paid to the expansion of the productive structure of the economy, as this is the only sure method to generate the muchrequired income to finance our developmental agenda. • Basic goods (such as school and army uniform, printing of text books, school furniture, and basic medicines) that can be produced in Namibia must be localised, by relentless implementation of the local sourcing provisions contained in the new Public Procurement Act and the Namibia Retail Sector Charter, amongst others. We will put in place a rapid acceleration plan for manufacturing promotion in Namibia. • Start-ups and small to medium sized enterprises remain deprived of access to risk capital. This will be attended to, as a matter of priority, through establishment of a risk/venture capital fund, earmarked especially for the youth enterprises and SMEs. • To encourage the rise of black manufacturers by evaluating the procurement of goods and services in favour of previously disadvantaged Namibians. This will also discourage rentseeking behaviour and middlemen who outsource their tenders, inflate state procurement prices and provide low quality services or goods. • Efforts to streamline the business environment will continue and will be strengthened. • Ministers will be required to report to the secretariat and Politburo on current economic conditions. • Information Communication Technology [ICT], in particular data technology will be declared a strategic sector to unleash its full potential as a critical enabler for effective governance [in Government and at party level] and brining Government closer to the people, as well as for SME development and job creation. Focus will be on access and affordability through full utilization of the WACS cable, shared infrastructure and localization. • New innovative financing models to fund development will the prioritised. Starting with Central Government, there are a lot of “dead assets” that could be better used to finance development. Similarly, the combined balance sheet of enterprises owned by Government is massive. Through the full optimization of these assets, key objectives could be achieved, without having to incur huge and expensive debt outlays from the African Development Bank, World Bank and International Monetary Fund. • Ensure the focus on reducing wasteful expenditure remains an ongoing focus. The State must receive value for how resources are spent. The Party will be expected to adopt the same principles in relation to prudent financial management. Infrastructure Development • Infrastructure Development will remain a priority, with focus on water and energy supply [including aggressive promotion of renewables as part of energy mix] and the upgrading of national rail network and select roads. • To relieve Treasury, the strategy to promote such infrastructure development will be through project financing and PPP agreements. International Engagements • SWAPO will never forget its friends and we endeavour to continue strengthening our relationships with sister parties of former Liberation movements (ANC, MPLA, ZANU-Pf, FRELIMO, Chama Cha Mapinduzi), those who assisted us during our struggle for liberation. We will also open up to other progressive forces who share our ideological inclinations. • We will remain ever-vigilant in ensuring that our progressive values are not undermined by dealing with international institutions which seek to impose their “restructuring programmes” and undermine our sovereignty. • We will not allow globalisation to introduce a modern version of imperialism through the back door, by introducing conditions or opposing pro-poor and pro-Namibian initiatives. • The Party stands on the principle that rights denied to anyone undermine the rights afforded to everyone and will therefore continue to call for the full implementation of all relevant United Nations resolutions on Palestine, the Western Sahara and Cuba. • Support the review of the United Nations, to make it more democratic and inclusive in particular from an African and developing world perspective. • Work towards the integration of Africa and to fully participate in a globalised world. • In the same way that we are promoting a Namibian House, Where no one should feel left out, we will continue to advocate for a United African House based on the AU Constitutive Act and a Global Village based on the UN Charter. The Fight Against Corruption • The fight against corruption will be stepped up with tighter legal provisions and strict processes which encourage transparency and ensure people are held accountable. • Cases of alleged corruption will have to be TEAM HARAMBEE THE LEGACY CONTINUES Cde. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah SWAPO Party Vice-President Candidate Cde. Sophia Shaningwa Secretary General Candidate Cde. Marco Hausiku Deputy Secretary General Candidate

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