Katali calls for peaceful elections in November

16 Apr 2014 17:50pm
ONGWEDIVA, 16 APR (NAMPA) – Mines and Energy Minister, Isak Katali said all Namibians must ensure that there are peaceful campaigns between political parties ahead of the general elections at the end of this year.
Addressing the annual general meeting (AGM) of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) Northern Branch at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region on Tuesday, Katali called on members and supporters of the various political parties to refrain from fighting for trees on which to hoist the flags of their respective political parties.
“Let the election campaign be peaceful. We should not quarrel over the trees and flags,” the Mines and Energy Minister urged.
Katali said all Namibians should be allowed the freedom to support the political parties and presidential candidates of their choice, without any intimidation.
He used the same platform to announce that Swapo’s Vice-President, Hage Geingob will be his presidential candidate during the elections in November.
“I am supporting Hage Geingob, and if you also want to join me you are welcome,” Katali said, adding that supporting a certain presidential candidate or political party should be done democratically.
Members and supporters of the ruling Swapo Party, and those belonging to the official main opposition Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) engaged in quarrels over trees during the last general election in 2009.