National budget worries Swanu

12 April 2019 | Government

Swanu has received the national budget tabled last week with mixed feelings saying there are undoubtedly good intentions but the party believes that there is no concrete indication of how the budget will address the country's burning socio-economic challenges.

Swanu president Tangeni Iijambo is convinced that Namibia needs to rethink its approach towards development based on research, innovation and a commitment to achieve social and economic justice.

He also said that the inequalities of opportunity in education, income, health, employment and housing, amongst others, are rampant and deserve redress.

“Being aware of our country's socio-economic conditions as well as the harsh, if not unpredictable climatic conditions, we ought to have been prepared for dealing with challenging circumstances, including the need to harvest every drop of water that falls on our soil,” Iijambo said.

He said government must explain which capital projects it envisages to re-ignite socio-economic development, adding that not all infrastructure investments automatically have positive spin-offs.

According to him the budget should systematically ensure that its allocations support the greatest possible developmental impact and that meeting the basic needs of the population needs to be the central focus of all government's interventions, and this should be based on informed research. Iijambo also strongly advocates for more support for local entrepreneurs and that imports must be reduced.

“It is high time that we consume what we produce and produce what we need or want to consume. The national budget should direct developments along those lines. Each imported item is enriching another economy while devaluing our own. Our young people need jobs, they are the majority of the population and they are the ones hardest hit by unemployment. The entire population is hungry for job creation,” he said.

Iijambo also pointed out that there a visible mismatch between the budget allocation and the experiences of the Namibian youth.

“The youth is marginalised in terms of affirmative action, and entry into the labour market due to the requirement of work experience and other hurdles. There needs to be a concrete intervention to create a large number of additional jobs in both the public and private sectors,” he said.

JEMIMA BEUKES

Similar News

 

Gangster's paradise

4 days ago - 18 April 2019 | Government

President Hage Geingob has revealed that 329 red-flagged financial transactions, involving N$9.2 billion, have been referred by the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) for further investigation...

Kanime, Kahimise push for end of drama

1 week ago - 15 April 2019 | Government

The game of thrones continues at the City of Windhoek after CEO Robert Kahimise put the ball back into the court of the City Council...

MPs under fire

1 week ago - 15 April 2019 | Government

Members of Parliament (MPs) who are late for work, read newspapers, fiddle on their mobile phones throughout sittings and desert their duties halfway through sessions...

Aanapaliamende taya shekitha Omutumba gwoPashigwana

1 week ago - 15 April 2019 | Government

NAMPAIilyo yOmutumba gwoPashigwana mbyoka tayi yi kiilonga ya lata, taya lesha iifo nokukala ya tala moongodhi dhawo pethimbo lyiilonga otaya ningitha egumbo lyoompango...

N$1m elevator installed at govt property housing...

1 week ago - 12 April 2019 | Government

The presidency has revealed that a N$1 million elevator has been illegally installed at a government guesthouse, which is under the care of the Office...

Rent-a-darkie must fall – Nekundi

1 week ago - 12 April 2019 | Government

Swapo member of parliament Veikko Nekundi says white-owned South African companies do not appreciate the conducive environment the Namibian government provides and still push white...

National budget worries Swanu

1 week ago - 12 April 2019 | Government

Swanu has received the national budget tabled last week with mixed feelings saying there are undoubtedly good intentions but the party believes that there is...

Grootfontein finance executive’s suspension lifted

1 week ago - 11 April 2019 | Government

The Grootfontein municipality has lifted the suspension of its finance executive Ileni Hainghumbi following a council meeting today. Hainghumbi, who claimed that there was a...

Kanime threatens court action

1 week ago - 11 April 2019 | Government

Suspended City Police chief Abraham Kanime has accused the City of Windhoek of unfairly dragging out his disciplinary process and delaying his reinstatement for no...

Rehoboth drowns in debt

1 week ago - 10 April 2019 | Government

The floundering Rehoboth town council needs an urgent lifeline, as it is drowning in debt of about N$120 million owed to NamPower and NamWater while...

Latest News

Chinese embassy condemns Andara killing

3 days ago - 18 April 2019 | Crime

The Chinese embassy has condemned the killing of a 32-year-old man at Andara in Kavango East yesterday. The man was allegedly shot and killed by...

Thought Leadership

4 days ago - 18 April 2019 | Columns

Ashante MannettiIn this fast-paced world we try to juggle a million things at once. Job, family, friends, eating healthy and we know we still need...

Taking charge

4 days ago - 18 April 2019 | People

Mariselle Stofberg Anthea van Heerden decided to take a leap of faith to start her own company in Windhoek.She is the managing director and...

Chained worker 'joke' backfires

4 days ago - 18 April 2019 | Labour

Nic Kruger, the owner of Kruger Trading Enterprises (KTE) Custom Body Work in Windhoek, yesterday vehemently defended the honour of his foreman who had chained...

Gangster's paradise

4 days ago - 18 April 2019 | Government

President Hage Geingob has revealed that 329 red-flagged financial transactions, involving N$9.2 billion, have been referred by the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) for further investigation...

ACC probes Katiti

4 days ago - 18 April 2019 | Crime

Augustinus Katiti's attempts to have the Anti-Corruption Commission investigate his successor at the Namibia Institute of Pathology have backfired. The ACC is now investigating Katiti...

Kabajani blossoms at GIPF

4 days ago - 18 April 2019 | People

Michelline Nawatises Annette Likeleli Kabajani is a holder of a bachelor’s degree from the University of Namibia (Unam). She has also attained several management and...

Baking a name for herself!

4 days ago - 18 April 2019 | People

Ester Kamati At the age of 28, Alma Tangi Nakanduungileh is climbing the entrepreneurial ladder and adding sweetness to her clients’ lives. A qualified...

A passion to unlock potential

4 days ago - 18 April 2019 | People

Ester KamatiJustina Mulokoshi is a chartered accountant (CA) at PwC who has big dreams and is constantly on the lookout for new ways to improve...

Load More