NUDO 2009 Manifesto Namibia
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NUDO OF NAMIBIA – NATIONAL UNITY DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION (NUDO) – 2009 ELECTION MANIFESTO (from the Original document)
ONE PEOPLE ONE AIM ONE DESTINY
NATIONAL UNITY DEMOCRATIC ORGANISATION
3. PRIORITY POLICY AREAS
3.3 Lands, Land Reform and Resettlement
3.4 Agriculture and Water
3.5 Decentralisation (Regional and Local Governance)
3.6 Youth, Sports and Recreation
3.7 Economic Growth and Job Creation
3.8 Combating Poverty
3.9 Law and Order
3.10 Women Empowerment and Gender
3.12 Democracy and Institutions of Governance
3.13 Namibia and the World
By The President of NUDO –
Dr. Kuaima Riruako
I am very glad to introduce our 2009 manifesto to the nation.
This is the second manifesto of NUDO.
As a movement, we have increasingly demonstrated that ours is a Party that is people cantered and is driven by ordinary people.
In short, the power of our party is with the people.
We are neither a feudal party nor a property for any individual.
In addition we are neither a creation of colonial masters.
Our midwives are our people, especially the poor and disadvantaged who are seeking an alternative dispensation.
Second, we have demonstrated that we exist because we believe that we can make a difference.
Our commitment to transforming the politics, the economy and the social setting of Namibia is clearly articulated in our Manifesto.
Third, we don’t intend to position ourselves as a life long opposition party, we see ourselves as a government in waiting.
We are convinced that our followers are growing, and that the path we have taken is the path for the people. Central to our politics is that we CARE!
– We care for the poor and the oppressed.
– We care for those feel that government is remote and hostile.
– We care for those struggling to make ends meet in the face of rising prices.
– We care for the those who do not have satisfactory place to live.
– We care for the old and the young who have no organisations to defend them.
– We care for women who have been marginalised.
– We care for the exploited youth.
– We care for our collapsing small business people.
– We care for those discriminated on the basis of ethnic group or religion.
– We care for those who want to raise their families from poverty.
– We care for our teachers, uniform force, civil servants and local business people.
– We care because we believe in the supreme value of individual human personality.
A significant section of our population is trapped in poverty.
This is demeaning both in respect of the lack of access by the poor to material resources as well as their poverty being an affront to their human dignity.
Indeed, NUDO believe the biggest indictment of democracy in Namibia is that poverty has worsened, and is in fact more prevalent today than at any many time in our recent past.
Neither the levels of economic growth nor the various measured the SWAPO led government has taken to date have been sufficient to free the poor from their poverty trap.
The success of any country depends on good policies, commitment and love for people.
We possess all those ingredients.
We appeal to voters not to waste their vote by piling up majorities behind SWAPO and its candidates, but use the vote positively and usefully to show how many thousand of people in this country really care.
YOU DO THIS BY VOTING FOR NUDO.
1.2 Executive Summary
This manifesto comprises our identification of the critical problems facing our society and how we propose to tackle them.
The point of departure of this manifesto is that Namibian economic growth has not led to the improvement of the living standards of our people.
It is incontestable that the exceptional performance of the diamond, fishing and tourism, the Namibian economy has not produced enough jobs for our people.
Those who are lucky to be employed earn slave wages and work under intolerable conditions.
Notwithstanding two decades of promises by the SWAPO Party to diversity the economy, create jobs and improve agricultural output, the SWAPO government has failed to deliver on its promises with the result that close to 40% of our people live below the poverty datum line.
In this Manifesto NUDO sets outs its vision terms of which citizens live above the poverty datum line, where economic growth primarily serves human development needs such as household food security and access to health and education.
This manifesto further articulates our party’s position on modernising democratic institutions and entrenching democratic governance.
Our aim is to create a society where democracy is respected, a society where human rights are upheld by centre of power such as government and institutions and where justice is accessible and the rule of law applied to all irrespective of social status, gender, race, colour, age or other differences.
We are committed to improving the lives of our people through massive public investment in health and education, giving priority on rural development, nurturing an economy that produces jobs and embarking on aggressive pro-poor rural development policies including agrarian reform and infrastructural support for smallholders in production.
We also undertake to provide stable economic growth that would also generate and promote competitive business environment.
In this manifesto you will find quite a wide array of problems and proposed solutions.
I appeal to all read it as that is a crucial step towards the urgent task of ending SWAPO misrule and voting in a modern party – The National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) it is your vote that will determine our future and that of our children.
Vote for a disciplined, organised and stable party
– Vote NUDO!