Nujoma slams 'prophets of doom'

26 Aug 2014 09:30am
OTJINENE, 26 AUG (NAMPA) - Founding President, Dr. Sam Nujoma has thrown his weight fully behind the ruling party's bid for Otjinene in the upcoming local authority election.
Swapo rounded up its campaign for the Otjinene local authority election, scheduled for this Friday, by roping in the former president, who still commands great respect and enjoys much popularity among Namibians.
In his address on Sunday, Nujoma slammed some members of the opposition who allegedly claim that the ruling party has not 'done anything for Namibia since it took over power'.
The former Head of State countered that the Swapo Party has brought a great deal of development to the whole country.
He said such statements are perpetuated by those who want to see to it that Swapo appears to have failed, labelling such people as 'Prophets of doom'.
“Such statements are false and I am confident that our people are mature enough not to be misled by such prophets of doom. Swapo is the only party in Namibia that has the capacity to realise Vision 2030,” he said.
Nujoma said developments in Otjinene are clear testimony of Swapo's leadership capabilities, adding that such development is among the reasons why the ruling party should be elected to power at Otjinene.
“Today, Otjinene prides itself with developments such as a youth centre, a modern magistrate’s court that cannot even be compared to the one in Gobabis which was built by the colonial and white minority regime of South Africa,” he said.
Nujoma's appearance at Otjinene drew a huge crowd, as many thronged the venue to catch a glimpse of the former statesman.
Swapo made no secret of the fact that it intends taking Otjinene from under the threshold of the National Unity Democratic Orgnaisation (Nudo), which has won every single election in the constituency since independence.
The party had even roped in Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob, who also serves as Swapo Vice-President, to address rallies here while the party’s entire national leadership assigned to the Omaheke Region was in attendance as Nujoma addressed the crowd.
Four political parties – the Swapo Party, DTA of Namibia, National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) and Swanu of Namibia have registered to take part in the local authority elections.
The election was necessitated by Otjinene's proclamation as a town, and the residents must now elect their leaders who will steer Otjinene first town council forward.
Each party is expected to field five candidates for the town council election.
Otjinene is the main economic centre in the Otjinene Constituency of the Omaheke Region.
Although a fierce contest is expected at the ballots, the campaign period has been peaceful with no reports of violence and intimidation.