Swanu leader Tangeni Iijambo says small political parties in Namibia find it difficult to meet the electorate because the country's system favours rich, powerful political organisations.
He made these remarks during a Swanu electioneering meeting attended by some 200 supporters at Oshakati in the Oshana region on Saturday.
"In itself, it is most unfortunate and unfair," stated Iijambo, referring to parties receiving more money the more seats it gets in parliament.
He said the system is "unlevel and deliberately designed to disadvantage the poor."
Iijambo further blamed the current government for the declining economy, which has resulted in rising unemployment, especially amongst the youth; poverty; crime and frustration amongst Namibians.
The Swanu leader, who is the party's sole member in the National Assembly, at the same time called on Namibians, especially those in the northern regions, to vote differently this time for change to be brought about in the government.
"I am here to invite you to join me and Swanu of Namibia in bringing about that necessary change," he urged.
He said once in power, Swanu will introduce a socialist system to ensure that all citizens benefit from the national resources.
"If Swanu comes to power, thanks to your support, I shall ensure that all student debts with the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund is cancelled with immediate effect," he further pledged.
Iijambo also appealed to the electorate to support Swanu as the party that will address national issues such as the land question, resettlement, better education, employment-creation and the eradication of poverty and corruption. - Nampa