The Swapo party raised N$2.9 million at the party’s fundraising Gala Dinner held at the Safari Hotel Court and Conference Centre yesterday.
The Gala dinner that was held under the theme, ‘The Legacy continues’ collected funds through pledges and the auctioning of a pictorial collection of the Swapo party’s Presidential candidate, Dr. Hage Geingob called ‘The man, the candidate, the leader’.
The ‘The man, the candidate, the leader’ pictorial collection was a collection of 10 photographs taken by Willem Vrey, the photographer hired to take all photographs of the Swapo party’s presidential candidate during the rallies.
The 10 itemed collection received a total of N$600 000 and the highest photograph sold for N$300 000; this was the very first photograph to be auctioned which was described as the ‘Presidential candidate addressing a large crowd in Outapi’.
The Gala dinner also saw prominent businessman; Frans Indongo pledge an amount of N$1 million, the highest pledged amount for the night.
The President of the Republic of Namibia, Hifikepunye Pohamba said speaking at the event the immense support that the party has received in the form of pledges and various forms of support has been overwhelming.
“I, therefore wish to take this opportunity, on behalf of the leadership, the entire membership of the Swapo party, and indeed on my own behalf, to express our deep gratitude and appreciation to the people of Namibia in general, and members of the business community in particular, for the invaluable and consistent support that we have received from them in all parts of the country,” said Pohamba.
“We are all here tonight to contribute to a common effort. That effort is the mobilization of resources to enable the Swapo Party to reach all corners of Namibia and spread the message of peace, stability and prosperity for our nation,” said Pohamba.
Pohamba went on to say that the party will continue to implement policies and programmes that will take the country forward whilst creating a favourable climate for both the public and the private sectors. “To grow and flourish so that they can play their role as the engine for economic growth and job creation,”.