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Speaking at a media conference on the mid-term performance of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), President Dr Hage Geingob said, “Contrary to the pessimists who predicted a downgrading in our international investment rating and continue to suggest that Namibia is broke, the Namibian house remains politically and economically stable. Our social bonds continue to strengthen and the process of moulding the nation should never be disrupted by ethnic differences”. The President further highlighted the important role that Namibians from all backgrounds have played by supporting and taking ownership of HPP. “Locally, Namibians from all walks of life are rallying behind the Harambee Prosperity Plan, in the spirit of one Namibia, one Nation,” President Geingob added. He showed satisfaction about what had been achieved during the short period of the HPP also on the international level, “Internationally, people have taken note of the Namibia story and are in awe of what we have achieved in a relatively short period” .
HPP MID TERM PERFORMANCE REVIEW, BY HIS EXCELLENCY DR. HAGE G GEINGOB, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA, 13 DECEMBER 2016
(...) "As you are aware, we have declared 2016, the year of implementation. The main focus of this press conference is to provide feedback to the Nation on some of the key undertakings of Government, during the year under review. It is also to underscore Government’s commitment to transparency and accountability.
In terms of our supreme law, the President is obliged to account to Parliament only once a year, during the State of the Nation Address. We believe this is insufficient and have purposefully created opportunities to account to the Nation throughout the year. This is yet another such opportunity." Please click here to continue reading...
Don’t lecture us about human rights – Geingob
President Hage Geingob suggested it is hypocritical of Western nations that supported the repressive apartheid South African regime to now accuse late Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro of human rights violations when such nations themselves perpetuated similar crimes in southern Africa.
The apartheid minority regime committed many atrocities and human rights abuses, mostly against blacks, such as detaining them indefinitely without trial, extra-judicial killings, torture and denying the black majority decent wages, decent housing, the right to vote and restricting their free movement, among other gross violations.Read more...
Wealthy blacks in for a rude awakening
Wealthy black Namibians could be targeted for redistribution of national resources, President Hage Geingob hinted strongly last week in London.
Geingob said the perception that his government was only targeting whites – who inherently benefited from the apartheid system – for redistribution was way off the mark.
Those who have benefited from the national economy, whether white or black, would be required to cede some of their wealth to help their compatriots who are struggling to make ends meet.
In its current form, the proposed New Equitable Economic Empowerment Framework (NEEEF) only states that white-owned businesses set up after this policy is adopted would be required to cede 25 percent of their equities to those previously discriminated on the basis of their skin colour.
Black Namibians suffered the full brunt of the apartheid system, which perpetuated white supremacy over other races in the country.
Faced with tough questions from investors and analysts in London last week, with some questioning whether the Namibian government was reversing racism by empowering blacks only, Geingob said his government’s main target now is wealthy Namibians – whether khaki, black or white. He was unapologetic in his observation that white Namibians inadvertently benefited from a system that placed them above other races, but said it would be unfair to target them alone. “We have nothing against whites. But we can’t have some people too rich at the expense of others, while benefiting from national resources. All wealthy people must share – whether black or white,” he said on Friday during a public lecture held at the Chatham House, an international affairs think tank based in London. “That’s why we removed the term ‘black’ from the name of the new framework.”Read more...
Anti-Corruption Commission publishes Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plan 2016 - 2019
The Government of the Republic of Namibia signed the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) on the 9th of December 2003 and ratified it on the 3rd of August 2004. Article 5 of the UNCAC requires State Parties to develop and implement a comprehensive National Anti-Corruption Strategy.
The said article reads as follows: “Article 5: Preventive anti-corruption policies and practices 1. Each State Party shall, in accordance with the fundamental principles of its legal system, develop and implement or maintain effective, coordinated anti-corruption policies that promote the participation of society and reflect the principles of the rule of law, proper management of public affairs and public property, integrity, transparency and accountability.”
In Namibia, this process had started as early as 1996 with the appointment of a Technical Committee on the Promotion of Ethics and Combating of Corruption by the Office of the Prime Minister, which made wide-ranging recommendations for a National Integrity Strategy for Namibia based on the inputs of many local stakeholders and international experts. These recommendations ultimately led to the enactment of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2003 (Act No. 8 of 2003) and the establishment of the Anti-Corruption Commission.
In 2013, the Anti-Corruption Commission appointed a technical working committee to oversee the development of a specific National Anti-Corruption Strategy through an extensive consultative process. Consultative public hearings to discuss issues to be included in the National Anti-Corruption Strategy were conducted throughout Namibia by the Anti-Corruption Commission and the technical working committee. Consultations also included discussions with specific stakeholders, experts and academics, an investigation into international best practices, a literature study as well as a study of all relevant national laws and international treaties and conventions signed and/or ratified by the Government of the Republic of Namibia. Personal submissions were also received. This National Anti-Corruption Strategy is the result of these extensive consultative processes and studies.