Swapo is not divided: Mbumba

06 Apr 2014 12:10pm
WALVIS BAY, 06 APR (NAMPA) – Swapo Secretary-General (SG) Nangolo Mbumba on Saturday said there is no division or a ‘cold war’ among members of the ruling party.
“Do not fool yourselves, there is no division in the Swapo party. We work together, plan together and we are going to the elections together,” he said.
Mbumba made the statement during the national celebration of the 20th Reintegration of Walvis Bay to Namibia, which coincided with belated celebrations of Namibia’s 24th Independence anniversary.
The event took place at the Kuisebmund stadium, and was attended by political leaders from different towns in the country as well as hundreds of other Namibians.
The Namibian and New Era daily newspapers on Friday featured articles about the verbal clash between two Swapo leaders, Kazenambo Kazenambo and Peter Ilonga, in the National Assembly on Wednesday last week about liberation struggle veteran Andimba Toivo ya Toivo allegedly selling his ‘struggle’ story.
According to the Namibian newspaper, the verbal clash has brought to the fore what another party leader termed a ‘cold war’ currently raging in the ruling party.
The article alleged that sources within Swapo said the clash is part of a wider battle for positions in the list of parliamentary candidates for the National Assembly in the upcoming election.
It further said that a battle line has allegedly been drawn between those who won at the 2012 congress, led by Swapo vice-president Hage Geingob, and those who lost through Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and Jerry Ekandjo.
Mbumba was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Joint Administrative Authority, a body which was tasked to oversee the re-integration of Walvis Bay from South Africa to Namibia on 28 February 1994.
Giving the history of Walvis Bay and how it was reintegrated, Mbumba said as people celebrate the reintegration they must also remember and honour the political leaders who made it possible.
These leaders include himself, Ben Amathila, the late Nathanael Maxwilili and National Assembly Speaker Theo-Ben Gurirab.
Mbumba said the independence of Namibia could not have been achieved without the leadership and determination of Founding Father Sam Shafiishuna Nujoma.
“My history in the involvement of the reintegration of Walvis Bay can never be taken away from me - I suffered and earned the credit I have now. That history will stay forever,” the SG stated.
(NAMPA)
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