In the middle of an economic depression, where jobs are being lost left, right and centre, few jobs are on offer in the civil service, kids are dying in shack fires, students aren’t able to have loans for education and anger in the streets is rising, building an ostentatious new SWAPO headquarters (HQ) right now, reportedly with Chinese financial support, is a mistake.
Following the declaration of a state of emergency by president Hage Geingob earlier this week due to the drought situation, which for that matter is not a new thing but for a considerable spell now, close to four years that the country has been under a persistent drought, the Prime Minister on Tuesday announced a N$573 drought aid package in the National Assembly.
The existing SOEs have collectively gathered a debt of N$43 billion or 25 percent of this nation’s GDP. However, the Ministry of Public Enterprises (MPE) is empowered to ensure that PEs are well managed and reduce the financial burden on the state.
We weary of confetti, ribbon cuttings and glory speeches when promising economic programmes such as the green schemes run by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) under Agribusdev are launched, and years down the line when positive results were promised, we find the programmes grossly under-funded, poorly staffed, and operating with no momentum for success.