Omugulugwombashe had more Swapo than national character: Maamber

28 Aug 2013 08:20
WINDHOEK, 28 AUG (NAMPA) - The Heroes’ Day commemoration held at Omugulugwombashe over the weekend had a distinct Swapo-Party character instead of a national character, Swanu of Namibia president Usutuaije Maamberua says.
Maamberua said at a media briefing held by the opposition party here on Wednesday in reaction to events on 26 August that “it is Swanu’s concern that national events are being used as party-political platforms to launch constitutions, or to parade party colours by national leaders”.
The amendment of the Swapo-Party constitution to bring about a 50/50 representation of men and women in all party organs and structures was officially launched at the Omugulugwombashe Heritage Site, also on Monday.
During the launch, President Hifikepunye Pohamba said the constitution of any progressive party or organisation is a living document, which is subject to amendment to suit new developments, adding that the Swapo-Party Constitution was thus no exception.
Pohamba handed out copies of the amended party constitution to former President Dr Sam Nujoma, the visiting Senegalese President Macky Sall, First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba and all 13 regional coordinators of the party shortly after the launch.
The Swanu leader went on to say that national events such as Heroes Day should have national characters and dimensions, and the country should honestly and courageously do away with political partisanship.
Maamberua said by doing this, it would allow history to be presented by national leaders drawn from all political representatives.
“It is also our observation that national leaders at the executive level of Government depict or behave politically when addressing national events by virtue of their statements or wearing of party attire,” he charged, saying such acts are against unity in the country, divisive and not conducive to nation-building.
Maamberua furthermore pointed out that it has become imperative for national dialogue to be held on the distinction between party, Government and State.
“The national character of Omugulugwombashe should be observed and preserved in respect of our national fallen compatriots.
Whichever party is misusing and abusing such platforms, should be called to order. We are not talking about the rank and file of Swapo, or the public as such. We are talking about national leaders, ministers, governors and Members of Parliament (MPs),” he noted.
He furthermore singled out Deputy Prime Minister Marco Hausiku, amongst many others, who wore Swapo-Party attire during the event.