We will take over – Venaani

Speaking during his shadow State of the Nation Address, McHenry Venaani said there is an urgent need for a review of the fishing quota system.

24 June 2020 | Politics

JEMIMA BEUKES

WINDHOEK



Opposition leader McHenry Venaani says his party is ready to form a political coalition in its quest to take over the government, which, in his view, is crippled under Swapo rule.

He urged the youth, army, police, teachers, nurses and first-time voters to actively participate and become part of the decision-making process.

“Over the years, we have seen how decisions that ought to have direct applicability to the executive in form of motions being watered down and collecting dust as the executive continues to rape and undermine the function of the legislature. The Namibian people have spoken unequivocally during the past election that it should no longer be business as usual,” he said.



Mining and fishing

The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader blamed recent job losses on the government's failure to plan meaningful and sustainable jobs in the mining sector.

Speaking during his shadow State of the Nation Address (SONA), Venaani also said there is an urgent need for a review of the fishing quota system.

He emphasised that the more than 5 000 fishermen who had lost their jobs because of the Fishrot bribery scandal must be given their livelihood back.

“Although this is regarded as empowerment mechanisms by government, the system only benefits a few well-connected and well-off individuals who use poor communities as fronts for their companies. The only beneficiary is Swapo and its kingpins,” he said.



More ICU beds

Venaani further advised an expansion of intensive care units at state hospitals, as well as the training of nurses to specialise in critical care.

He said an ICU allowance should be paid to staff working in these departments.

“Thirty years after independence, there are only eight ICU beds in Windhoek Central Hospital, only six ICU beds in Oshakati Hospital and only four ICU beds in Onandjokwe Hospital. A patient dying because of a lack of ICU beds represents the highest failure of the state. It is a gross human right violation, and must be considered treasonous,” he said.

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