Swapo-Party launches Otjozondjupa's 2014 campaign

16 Feb 2014 11:00am
OTJWARONGO, 16 FEB (NAMPA) – The Swapo-Party launched its 2014 political campaign activities for the Otjozondjupa Region with a rally held at the Mokati Sports Stadium in Otjiwarongo on Saturday.
The party’s 2014 campaign for the region was officially launched by the Minister of Works and Transport, Erkki Nghimtina.
Nghimtina urged all Swapo-Party members in the region to ensure that they register for their voters’ cards.
“Your old voters’ card is no longer valid, you need to have a new card which is being issued by the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) in order for you to participate in this year’s Presidential and National Assembly elections,” he said.
The general registration of voters commenced on 15 January and will end on 02 March this year.
Nghimtina stated that the Swapo-Party “is the only political party in Namibia which is concerned with people’s development and peace and stability in the country”.
He said it is “a well-known fact” that his party brought about freedom and independence in Namibia.
The minister then thanked the Otjozondjupa regional Swapo-Party leadership for organising the rally.
He called on the party’s regional leadership to mobilise party members to register for their voters’ cards to enable Swapo to obtain the majority of the votes in the Presidential and National Assembly elections scheduled for November this year.
“Let us remain united, let’s go and register for our new voters’ cards so that come November, we go and vote for the Swapo-Party’s Presidential and National Assembly candidates,” he said.
Nghimtina also condemned violence against women.
The past two weeks have seen three women lose their lives in incidences of gender-based violence.
The 28-year-old Helena Shivute was hacked to death by her boyfriend in the Omusati Region’s Otamanzi Constituency on Thursday evening.
It was the third incidence of passion killing to take place in northern Namibia within a period of two weeks, following the decapitation of Mirjam Tuyakula Nandjato, 24, by her boyfriend at Oshakati on 04 February 2014; and the death of the 30-year-old Martha Dishena. Dishena was stabbed to death by her boyfriend at Oshihau village in the Onesi Constituency on 31 January this year.
Nghimtina said Swapo did not liberate Namibia from colonial occupation “so that men can become rapists and women killers”.
“What kind of men are we? I urge our Swapo-Party men to refrain from killing women,” he said.
Saturday’s event was attended by section, branch and district party representatives.
The Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Samuel Nuuyoma and some national leaders assigned to the Otjozondjupa Region also attended the event.