13 December 2012

Namibia: 'Implement Policy Resolutions,' Ministers Told

Windhoek — President Hifikepunye Pohamba has urged Cabinet ministers to speedily implement resolutions of the Swapo Party National Policy Conference to improve the lives of ordinary Namibians.

Addressing the last Cabinet session for 2012 at State House in Windhoek yesterday, the Head of State implored ministers to put into effect policy proposals that emanated from the first-ever Swapo Party National Policy Conference that took place in September.

The aim of the conference was to take a critical look at the current policies being implemented by the Swapo-led government and to generate new options in order to effectively deal with the existing, as well as the emerging, challenges in the context of national, social and economic development.

One of the crucial duties the conference was tasked with was the compilation of policy proposals and options for consideration and possible adoption by the fifth Swapo Party Congress, which took place from November 29 to December 2.

"I am happy that this was successfully completed. We now have a comprehensive analysis in the area of the implementation of government policies across different sectors," he told Cabinet.

He said the exercise also produced valuable analysis on the performance of government in the context of the delivery of public services, while pointing out the challenges that "impede better and more effective service delivery".

He noted such insights helped the government to design better and more effective ways that will facilitate better achievement of "our national development objectives".

Pohamba said government also looks forward to the finalisation of the outcome document of the fifth Swapo Party Congress so that they can implement the congress resolutions without delay.

However, he said the outcome of the congress has necessitated the redeployment of some of the political personnel.

"This is in line with our commitment to the speedy implementation of the resolutions of the congress. In this regard, I announced a realignment of our Cabinet on the 4th of December 2012. It is vital that the implementation of congress resolutions start in earnest in order to put into effect the policy proposals aimed at improving the living conditions of our people.

"No time should be wasted," he said.

The Swapo government remains determined to ensure no Namibian is left behind - all Namibians, whether individuals or communities, should enjoy the fruits of independence, he said.

"This was the objective of our heroes and heroines who died for the cause of our independence. I believe that all corners of Namibia should benefit from development. This can only be achieved if we speedily implement the policy of decentralisation within the context of a unitary state as provided for under Article 1 sub-article 1 of the Namibian Constitution," Pohamba said.

He therefore directed all offices, ministries and agencies to ensure that the policy of decentralisation is fully and speedily implemented.

According to him, this will enable the regions to direct resources where they are needed most.

Equally, he said, regions would also be in a position to render efficient services to the people, especially those who live in rural areas.

"The natural resources of our country belong to all people of Namibia. It is only natural, therefore, that they should benefit all 107 constituencies of our country. They should free Namibians from poverty, hunger, disease and ignorance," he said.

He congratulated all members of the Cabinet for their hard work and dedication during 2012.

He urged them to plan effectively and do their very best to build a stronger economy to make the agricultural sector more productive and improve the education system at all levels, as well as promote access to decent and affordable housing, especially in the informal settlements around Namibian towns, among other challenges.

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