Geingob reaffirms Government's willingness to engage AR

18 Jul 2015 08:40am
WINDHOEK, 18 JUL (NAMPA) - The Office of the President has reaffirmed its willingness to engage the leaders of the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement.
In a statement issued on Friday night, President Hage Geingob indicated that the actions taken by the Swapo-Party Politburo to expel the AR members due to ill-discipline have no bearing on Government’s position to engage the movement on the pressing land and decent shelter issue in Namibia.
The politburo on Friday recommended to the party’s Central Committee that Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) Secretary-General (SG) Elijah Ngurare and the three suspended league members who now lead the AR movement be expelled.
The recommendation for the expulsion of Job Amupanda; Dimbulukweni Nauyoma; George Kambala and Ngurare was announced by Swapo SG Nangolo Mbumba during a media briefing yesterday.
The Swapo Political Bureau endorsed the suspension of Amupanda, Nauyoma and Kambala in March this year.
The recommendation by the political bureau follows a meeting with Geingob and former President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Friday.
Geingob said the demand for each Namibian to have decent shelter is a legitimate demand.
The threat to commit criminal or violent acts in the pursuit of the basic right is however not legitimate, the Head of State said.
He commended the Namibian Police Force for assuring Namibians and investors that Namibia will continue to enforce its constitutional obligation to defend property rights and maintain law and order.
“Namibia is regarded as a shining beacon of hope due to our robust governance and democratic architecture. The fundamental rights and freedoms of Namibians are entrenched in the Namibian Constitution,” he said.
Geingob called on the AR movement and its supporters to exercise their rights in a manner that shows understanding of the rights of others and the duties of the State.