Nudo promises welfare state

A Nudo government would look at equal redistribution of wealth by creating a welfare state to address health, education and unemployment, voters were promised on Saturday.

14 October 2019 | Politics

The National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) promised a welfare state when it launched its election manifesto in the Havana informal settlement on Saturday.

Addressing a crowd of which a quarter was children, Nudo president Esther Utjiua Muinjangue promised to address the country's mushrooming informal settlements.

She also rejected criticism that Nudo is a tribal party and said the politics of identity has no place in the party.

Muinjangue said it is a shame that people still live in poverty 30 years after independence while the Swapo elite enjoy wealth and privileges.

“The choice of the venue for our manifesto launch was taken deliberately. We wanted to come closer to those still underprivileged people in our society. A Nudo government will look at equal redistribution of wealth by creating a welfare state to address health, education and unemployment. This is very important to restore the dignity of our people,” she said.

The Nudo manifesto promises to build health facilities close to the people and to equip these hospitals and clinics with sufficient doctors, nurses and medicines.

The party also promised to provide free basic education as well as interest-free loans for tertiary education.

“The Nudo government will pass legislation that all government and public institutions spend 50% of their procurement budgets on youth-owned businesses,” the manifesto states.

It also promises to create a robust anti-bribery and corruption law which provides for hefty punitive measures.

“This manifesto is aiming to redress social injustices and inequality in the Namibian society and perpetuation of class society and dominance of elitist elements in governance structures.

“The present elitist stems from unwarranted and unsustainable enrichment of the few under the guise of Black Economic Empowerment, a potentially well-intended policy that was wrongly implemented,” the manifesto states.

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