I thought the old political vocabulary of aids with strings went with the cold war. But that is not the case in the Land of the Brave. This month in
Why? They allege that some senior members of the Party, in particular some of the cabinet ministers might have been duped into signing an agreement which is a sell out to the Namibians. Through the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA), American government is injecting US$ 305 million in donor funding into
However the Youth League is very critical of some aspects of the agreement – they claim that the Americans have attached strings to the multi-million-dollar grant.Apparently the Youth League managed to get the leaked document with the details of the agreed contract.
It states that the Ministry of Environment will award two lodges or exclusive access concessions for
Is there anything wrong there? Yes, the youth charge that the phraseology used casts doubt over the money given by
The agreement went further stressing that all other laws would not be operational to this agreement with the exception of the Constitution ! This debacle had sparked off the youth wrath against the Works Minister Helmut Angula formerly Director General of the National Planning Commission who pencilled the agreement.
They want him dismissed because he allegedly withheld certain information to Cabinet before the document was signed. However both the National Commission and the American Embassy have denied.
They say the document was leaked to SPYL and the media before it was finalised. What are the facts? A show down ensued in a hastily called press conference to hear from both sides, the National Planning Commission, the American government on one side and the SPYL on the other side.
In this joint press conference where in a rare occasion
But the spokesman of the MCA, Penny Ekwenye insisted , “It is unfortunate it got out earlier. There won’t be two lodges in Etosha. We are only talking about concession on the periphery of Etosha” The MCA seems to have put the top SWAPO politician asunder. In one of the Dailies here, carried a big banner, “Etosha consumes SWAPO?” It says, the controversial MCA continues to cause discontent within the SWAPO.
The SWAPO Party Politburo had to convene an emergency meeting with the youth and the Party Elders to discuss the controversy around MCA. Once Parliament ratifies the MCA agreement with the
This money is intended to improve management capacity of Etosha, promote private-sector investment in tourism at Etosha and increase revenue of benefiting rural communal conservancies.
In an initial draft proposal to the US’s MCC, the Namibia’s Millennium Challenge Account team identified livestock, tourism, cash crops, aquaculture, human resources development, indigenous fruits and plants, as areas that need boosting, which were later trimmed down to five components of education tourism, livestock, indigenous and natural products and roads.
For the next five years, the funds would go towards the increase in income and creation of employment opportunities through strategic investment in the ecotourism sector and the
The issue has quickly assumed a name of American Millennium Challenge- gate Scandal. How about Bongo, are you safe this time with such contracts?
BY Kiangiosekazi Wa-Nyoka
Kiangiosekazi [email protected] is a columnist with the Daily News