AFFIRMATIVE Repositioning leader Job Amupanda on Wednesday told supporters to reject the ruling party and vote for his movement to solve the unemployment crisis and promote better housing in Windhoek.
Amupanda said this when he launched the movement’s election manifesto in Windhoek and introduced the AR’s 15 councillor candidates for the City of Windhoek.
He said if Windhoek residents vote for “corrupt” people, they are accomplices to corruption.
“Don’t vote for people telling you they have heard you. It’s a trap,” he warned.
‘We have heard you’ is Swapo’s slogan for 25 November’s regional council and local authority elections.
Amupanda said if elected into office, the city, under AR leadership would create employment by reopening the Ramatex garment factory to produce uniforms for City Police officers and other city employees.
“If you vote for these people you are voting for uniforms to keep coming from South Africa. You are effectively voting for South Africans in Durban, who produce those uniforms, to keep their jobs while your own people remain jobless,” he said.
In the movement’s manifesto it is saying the current practice of tenders at the City of Windhoek contributed to unemployment in Windhoek, because tenders are allegedly scooped up by councillors and their relatives.
“The practice of these capitalists is to ensure they employ as few people as possible, make use of cheap labour and pocket the rest. This will end,” the movement promises.
The AR says all services that can easily be provided for by the City will be in-sourced.
“What this means is that unnecessary tenders will be cancelled and jobs will be provided to the unemployed, who will be permanently employed by the City.”
The movement says under its leadership, the municipality will establish a construction company – not only to generate revenue, but to rapidly accelerate housing delivery.
“This means the City will . . . build its own houses. The company can also provide private individuals with construction services at a cheaper rate.”
The construction company would also have a household maintenance service department for the provision of plumbers, electricians, carpenters, and painters, the AR states in its manifesto.
“The best graduates in various trades from the Windhoek Vocational Training Centre will be employed by this company through various employment schemes.”
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