DTA 1989 Manifesto Namibia

June 2, 2012 at 22:05 Leave a comment

Please click DTA 1989 Manifesto Namibia to open the manifesto as pdf-file.

DTA MANIFESTO 1989 (from the Original document)







Therefore the DTA commits itself to the creation of a constitution as supreme law of the country in terms whereof –
1. this country will become a FREE, INDEPENDENT and SOVEREIGN state, the Republic of Namibia –
(a) in which the people of Namibia, free from outside domination, will be able to elect and constitute their own government on a regular basis;
(b) founded upon the principles of democracy, fundamental freedom and responsibilities, rule of law and an economy based on private, public and co-operative rights of ownership and initiative, social justice and equal opportunity for everyone;
(c) having its own national flag, national anthem, national cost of arms, seal, citizenship, currency and official languages; and in which a Bill of Fundamental Rights, to be respected and upheld by successive governments, which is binding on the government and all its institutions and which is enforceable by independent courts of law, will be entrenchened;

2. EQUALITY will be guaranteed to everyone –
(a) in that all people of Namibia will have equal rights which will safeguard them from government and an other form of oppression;
(b) in that all people will be equal before the law and no-one will be favoured of prejudice by the government or any public institution or by any other group or person on the basis of his / her ethic or social origin, sex, race, language, colour, religion or political conviction;
(c) in that apartheid in all its forms will be rejected;

3. LIBERTY, the right of freedom and expression of opinion, freedom of conscience and of religion, (including the right to freely seek, receive or impart information or ideas through the press and other medial, freedom of movement and of choice of residence, and freedom to enter or leave the country will be guaranteed to the people of Namibia;

4. PEACE, not only for all the people of Namibia, but also amongst all people, and between political, religious, cultural, linguistic and ethic groups in Namibia, will reign and that, furthermore –
(a) Namibia territory will not be used by any person, group or government to launch attacks on other countries, their governments or their people;
(b) the goal of national reconciliation and harmony between all the people of Namibia will be realised;

5. PROSPERITY can be attained in that –
(a) every Namibian, his children and their descendants may live free from poverty and without having to be dependent on others;
(b) every person’s right to acquire, own and dispose of property will be safeguarded;
(c) every person will have a right to education;
(d) every person will have the right to associate freely with any other person or group of persons, societies or associations, including the right to establish, maintain and join trade associations for the protection of the interest of employees;
(e) a system of communal land ownership by certain tribes or communities will be recognized, where the traditional authorities of those tribes or communities will have the right to control the same and dispose thereof, but subject to the directives of the members of such tribes or communities, and if they so elect, to acquire economic units by treaty in private ownership;

6. SECURITY of every Namibian will be assured in that –
(a) n-one will feel threatened or unsafe;
(b) no-one will be tortured or punished in an inhuman and humiliating fashion or be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention;
(c) every person’s right to life, personal liberty and privacy will be entrenched in the Constitution;

7. JUSTICE will be guaranteed to every and –
(a) will be administered by an independent judiciary consisting of judges who are answerable to the law alone (and not to the government or any other person);
(b) will ensure that every person will be entitled to an impartial trial to determine their rights and responsibilities in civil cases or to determine their innocence or guilt in criminal cases;
(i) to be presumed innocent until proven guilty;
(ii) to testify or to call witnesses, it so desired;
(iii) to cross-examine witnesses for the state;
(iv) to be allowed reasonable facilities and sufficient time for the preparation and presentation of defence and to obtain legal representation;

8. GOVERNMENT, constituted on the basis of proportional representation, will be established in which every citizen will have the entrenched right to –
(a) participate in peaceful political activities with a view to the constitution of governmental bodies and the determination of government policy;
(c) participate in elections and government; and
(d) assemble peacefully and unarmed;

(i) a President elected for a period of 6 years by both Houses of Parliament, will be Head of State and will have certain ceremonial and executive functions which he must execute, subject to the Constitution and other laws of the country and in the best iinterests of the country and its people;
(ii) a Cabinet, consisting of a Prime Minister, elected by the National Assembly, and Ministers, who will be appointed by the Prime Minister from the ranks of the National assembly, who will collectively by responsible for the execution of the laws of the country;
(iii) a Parliament, consisting of a National Assembly and a Senat, which will be elected in a free and fair election for a five year term by the electorate and which will have the power to make laws, which may not conflict with the entrenched Bill of Fundamental Rights;
(iv) Regional Councils, consisting of persons elected on a regional basis by the electorate and –
(aa) who will exercise certain powers on a regional basis;
(bb) from the ranks of whom members of the Senate will be elected;
(v) a single Local Authority for each municipality will be established and elected by enfranchised voters within the boundaries of such municipality which will protect
and promote the interest of all people within its area of jurisdiction;
(vi) a Peri-Urban Council, consisting of persons appointed by the Cabinet, to manage the interests of people outside municipal areas;
(vii) an independent Ombudsman, appointed by Parliament, to investigate all complaints of maladministration perpetrated by the State, who will report to Parliament;
(viii) Civil Servants who will perform their duties and functions in an impartial and competent manner.
(ix) The principle of proportional representation will apply throughout.
Unite for peace in Namibia
Work together for prosperity.
Vote together for freedom.


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