Swapo puts up united front

26 September 2014

THE divided SWAPO party leadership appear to have buried the hatchet in the name of progress and securing another resounding victory for the party in the upcoming Presidential and National Assembly Elections.

In a show of unity, Jerry Ekandjo and Secretary of the SWAPO Party Youth League Elijah Ngurare will address mini rallies in Windhoek and Okahandja respectively over the weekend at the same time that the party’s Vice-president Hage Geingob will be addressing a rally at the Kuisebmond Stadium in Walvis Bay.

Observers see the effort to lobby support for the ruling party and canvass votes among the electorate as the end of the bad blood that has existed among party members since the results of the electoral college were announced. Ekandjo will address residents of Katutura this Sunday at Single Quarters next to the Kapana stalls whilst Ngurare will address residents of the Vyf Rand settlement in Okahandja. Unity was also evident at the party’s first star rally that took place in Rundu last weekend, which not only overflowed with party members from both Kavango East and West, but also an array of national leaders.

Unlike the poorly attended party manifesto launch in Windhoek at the beginning of this month, a number of ministers graced the rally in Rundu.

Those present at the Rundu rally included ministers Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, Rosalia Nghidinwa, Nickey Iyambo and Bernard Esau as well as the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Loide Kasingo, among others. The presence of leaders who had performed well at the party’s electoral college and those who had not done so well, gave the first sign of unity following the announcement of the ‘pot’ results.

Delivering the keynote address in Rundu, Geingob remarked that SWAPO will not talk about plans and make promises, but rather talk about what the party had delivered over the years.

‘We do not create things by shouting, but through maturity and the skills of a tested leadership,” Geingob said.

He stressed that the SWAPO party cannot be compared with any other in terms of nation building and governance citing Namibia’s rating by the World Economic Forum, press freedom and the country’s international ratings on transparency and corruption.

“Before we are Namibians we are first and foremost Africans. Comrade Sam Nujoma is a Pan Africanist, Comrade Hifikepunye Pohamba is a peacemaker who is sought after in African countries like Lesotho and Madagascar.

“The SWAPO leadership needs no introduction, it is a leadership that is internationally recognised and accepted,” he said.

The  party’s vice-president also spoke of economic growth and job creation, land reform and redistribution, gender equality and mainstreaming, road and rail infrastructure, housing, sanitation, quality health care and delivery, education and the environment.

“We will continue to consolidate the gains we have made so far and with renewed vigour we will address those areas in which we have not done well over the past 24 years,” Geingob said.

Before leaving the stadium, Geingob led a delegation of national leaders to the crowd of supporters present where he sang, chanted party slogans and danced alongside the vibrant crowd. – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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