18 Mar 2014 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 18 MAR (NAMPA) The Swapo Party Think Tank (SPTT) says the ruling party remains the sole and authentic driving force for social change in Namibia for the benefit of all citizens.
The SPTT, an advisory body of the Swapo Party, held its first meeting of the year in the capital at the weekend to review the party´s programmes and to formulate and present proposals on political, economic, social and cultural issues for consideration by the party leadership.
In a press statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday, SPTT Chairman Dr Kalumbi Shangula said the meeting also reviewed the implementation of the 2009 Swapo Party election manifesto.
The Think Tank further developed the framework for the 2014 Swapo Party election manifesto. The party´s upcoming manifesto will reaffirm the party [as one] that has stood unflinchingly in solidarity with the downtrodden, said Shangula.
He said the 2014 election manifesto will also showcase Swapo as a party with a track record of having advocated for freedom for the oppressed with proper policies that practically address social justice for all Namibians especially those in rural areas, informal settlements, the women, the youth, the workers, the elderly and other vulnerable groups.
The members of the SPTT have received their assignments and will be meeting on a return date to be announced, so that their work can be consolidated and further discussed before a presentation is to be made to the Swapo Party leadership, the statement said.
The Think Tank meeting was officially opened by Swapo Party Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba, who directed members of the advisory body to commit themselves to the assignments that have been entrusted to them by the party.
The Think Tank previously consisted of 38 members only, but the membership has now grown to 43.
Some of the well-known faces who did not make the current list are former minister Kazenambo Kazenambo, Gerry Munyama, Tobie Aupindi, Tommy Nambahu, Elvis Nashilongo and Martin Mwinga.
New faces on the team include Erica Shafuda, Samuel Gaogoseb, Leonard Iipumbu, Bernard Haufiku, Frans Kaudinge, John Steytler and Hamunyera Hambyuka.
Meanwhile those who have retained their positions on the team include amongst others Andrew Ndishishi, Tarah Shaanika, Iipumbu Shiimi, Andries Hungamo, Monika Kalondo, Audrin Mathe, Vinson Hailulu, Andrew Niikondo and Elifas Hawala.