Pohamba calls for unity in Swapo

September 6, 2014, 6:45pm

Pohamba calls for unity in Swapo

 

President Hifikepunye Pohamba reiterated the need for peaceful campaigning, unity of purpose within the revolutionary party and support for the party’s Presidential candidate Dr Hage Geingob.

A seemingly jovial but resolute Pohamba also took an opportunity to quell any notions and divisions in the party saying the party will not sit on their laurels but will go out of their way to cement a resounding victory for the party.

Pohamba who was speaking at the Sam Nujoma stadium at the launch of the party’s election manifesto also said the party’s working document launched under the theme consolidating peace, stability and prosperity would safeguard the future for the poor, improve social safety nets, foster development and also create a better living for the rural fold.

The manifesto also raised concern over the continued failure to deal with the joblessness in the country.

“I call upon the leaders to campaign peacefully and represent the party as national leaders. We are not starting from scratch but have built a strong foundation for the party,” he said.

Although the gathering at Sam Nujoma stadium presented a milestone for the ruling party the attendance was below par.

Pohamba also took a firm stance on the call to recognise former kovoet members as liberation struggle saying, “Once someone came to me to ask me that we should recognise the former kovoet members as liberation struggle veterans by awarding them with similar veterans’ status when we opened the Ministry of Veterans Affairs. I said to them never will this happen, in fact I plead that there will never be a time that this will happen? They can be Namibian, they can receive medical attention like everyone else and they can go to the relevant ministry to register like all the other people but they can forget about liberation war heroes’ status,” said a resolute Pohamba.

Pohamba also went out of his way to canvas support for Geingob saying the party need to back the incoming President as he is the sole candidate of the party to the elections and deserves all the support.

According to Pohamba, Geingob is a tried and tested cadre of the revolutionary party who has been within the ranks for over 40 years and has the mantle to steer the country forward. “I have known this man since 1962 and he is a tried and tested cadre. Swapo has groomed him to take over and he has the abilities to do so. I also want to urge the winners of our electoral college to be vigilant and campaign for the party,” he said.

Pohamba also warned the party not to take the elections for granted and campaign with vigilance in order to cement a resounding victory. He added that the election manifesto is a social contract between the revolutionary party and the people of Namibia.

A rather happy Pohamba also added that the manifesto document captures all the notions in the National development Plans and Vision 2030.

“We have laid a very good foundation to consolidate for the future. This manifesto has the solution to take the party forward. Our priority areas are education, Health delivery, and also catering for the liberation struggle,” he said.

According to Pohamba the ruling party will also empower the state security agents and police to combat crime.

“We also not tolerate violence against women,” he said.

His calls were also cemented by Secretary General of Swapo Nangolo Mbumba who called for all party structures to be respected and maintained remain despite the outcome of the Electoral College and the subsequent complaining that will come within the next few weeks.

By Charmaine Ngatjiheue

 

…calls for unity

President Hifikepunye Pohamba reiterated the need for peaceful campaigning, unity of purpose within the revolutionary party and support for the party’s Presidential candidate Dr Hage Geingob.

A seemingly jovial but resolute Pohamba also took an opportunity to quell any notions and divisions in the party saying the party will not sit on their laurels but will go out of their way to cement a resounding victory for the party.

Pohamba who was speaking at the Sam Nujoma stadium at the launch of the party’s election manifesto also said the party’s working document launched under the theme consolidating peace, stability and prosperity would safeguard the future for the poor, improve social safety nets, foster development and also create a better living for the rural fold.

The manifesto also raised concern over the continued failure to deal with the joblessness in the country.

“I call upon the leaders to campaign peacefully and represent the party as national leaders. We are not starting from scratch but have built a strong foundation for the party,” he said.

Although the gathering at Sam Nujoma stadium presented a milestone for the ruling party the attendance was below par.

Pohamba also took a firm stance on the call to recognise former kovoet members as liberation struggle saying, “Once someone came to me to ask me that we should recognise the former kovoet members as liberation struggle veterans by awarding them with similar veterans’ status when we opened the Ministry of Veterans Affairs. I said to them never will this happen, in fact I plead that there will never be a time that this will happen? They can be Namibian, they can receive medical attention like everyone else and they can go to the relevant ministry to register like all the other people but they can forget about liberation war heroes’ status,” said a resolute Pohamba.

Pohamba also went out of his way to canvas support for Geingob saying the party need to back the incoming President as he is the sole candidate of the party to the elections and deserves all the support.

According to Pohamba, Geingob is a tried and tested cadre of the revolutionary party who has been within the ranks for over 40 years and has the mantle to steer the country forward. “I have known this man since 1962 and he is a tried and tested cadre. Swapo has groomed him to take over and he has the abilities to do so. I also want to urge the winners of our electoral college to be vigilant and campaign for the party,” he said.

Pohamba also warned the party not to take the elections for granted and campaign with vigilance in order to cement a resounding victory. He added that the election manifesto is a social contract between the revolutionary party and the people of Namibia.

A rather happy Pohamba also added that the manifesto document captures all the notions in the National development Plans and Vision 2030.

“We have laid a very good foundation to consolidate for the future. This manifesto has the solution to take the party forward. Our priority areas are education, Health delivery, and also catering for the liberation struggle,” he said.

According to Pohamba the ruling party will also empower the state security agents and police to combat crime.

“We also not tolerate violence against women,” he said.

His calls were also cemented by Secretary General of Swapo Nangolo Mbumba who called for all party structures to be respected and maintained remain despite the outcome of the Electoral College and the subsequent complaining that will come within the next few weeks.

By Charmaine Ngatjiheue