Swapo buried RDP at Ohangwena: Geingob

08 Aug 2014 15:00pm
ONYAANYA, 08 AUG (NAMPA) – Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob says the Swapo-Party “buried” the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) during the Ohangwena constituency by-election that took place at the constituency on Tuesday.
Geingob, who is also the vice-president of the ruling Swapo-Party, said this at Onyaanya settlement in the Oshikoto Region during his visit to that region on Thursday.
He was speaking to Swapo-Party members from all over the Oshikoto Region who were in attendance.
The candidate of the Swapo-Party for the Ohangwena Constituency by-election, Johannes Hakanyome, defeated the RDP candidate, Vilho Shimwooshili with nearly 5 000 votes.
Hakanyome received 5 827 votes and the RDP candidate 945.
“They could not get even 1 000 votes from the region they are apparently from,” Geingob said, adding that opposition parties in Namibia are “useless”.
Geingob said he felt the Ohangwena Constituency by-election results demonstrate the need for opposition parties to “surrender” before the Presidential and National Assembly Elections that are scheduled to take place in November this year.
“But because of democracy, I call upon all of them to stand during November elections,” he stated.
The Premier at the same time congratulated the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) for successfully introducing the electronic voting machines (EVMs), which were used for the first time during the Ohangwena Constituency by-elections.
Speaking at the same meeting, Oshikoto regional governor Penda Ya Ndakolo said he “sees no reason” why leaders of opposition parties should stand for election during the Presidential Elections.
Ya Ndakolo said the Ohangwena Constituency by-election result is testimony to the fact that leaders of opposition parties have no chance of defeating the Swapo-Party’s presidential candidate, who is Geingob in this case.
“With this man (Geingob), we are going to hand them a heavy defeat,” Ya Ndakolo said, adding that the Swapo-Party will win the November Presidential and National Assembly elections by 99.9 per cent.
Swapo-Party national leaders assigned to the Oshikoto Region, Dr Nickey Iyambo and Dr Moses Amweelo also attended the meeting.
The by-election was necessitated by the death of former Swapo-Party councillor Maria Kombwana, who died earlier this year due to a cancer-related illness.