President meets party regional coordinators

20 Jan 2016 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 20 JAN (NAMPA) - Swapo party Coordinator for Oshikoto Region, Armas Amukwiyu has commended President Hage Geingob and his Cabinet for having done “a sterling job” in running the country so far.
Amukwiyu was part of the 14 Swapo regional coordinators who paid a brief courtesy call on the president at State House on Wednesday.
Speaking on behalf of the group of regional coordinators, he said Geingob and his Cabinet must also be commended for their achievements as well as the exemplary leadership which they have demonstrated, since taking over the reins from former President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s administration in March last year.
He briefed the president that in spite of the successful campaign run by the party coordinators during the 2015 Regional Councils and Local Authorities election, the ruling party is still facing challenges from “self-appointed agents of democracy who act outside the Swapo party structures”.
Amukwiyu said many of these “self-appointed agents of democracy” are occupying social media space where they act as if nothing is ever going correctly in Namibia.
“We (coordinators) still face new challenges like the fight for the soul of the Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL). The increasing number of the so-called 'struggle kids' is another one of the challenges that we face,” he added.
Amukwiyu further charged that the regional structures have been observing, with great concern, that there is a growing undesirable tendency by a few leaders who seem hell-bent on seeing to it that the current leadership fails and that the country becomes ungovernable and destabilised.
“This is the reason for the somewhat undisciplined and chaotic attempts by the so-called AR (Affirmative Repositioning) movement, which is a tool meant to achieve their disguised agenda by riding on the misery of the poor, the vulnerable, the landless and mostly the young people,” he said.
But his message was not overshadowed by concerns alone, as he reported to the Head of State that the regional and local councillors in the 14 regions have commenced with their duties following the overwhelming victory of the ruling party in last year’s Regional Council and Local Authority elections.
He also informed the president that preparations are already underway for the congresses of the Swapo-Party Elders’ Council (SPEC), Swapo-Party Women's Council (SPWC) and the SPYL later this year.
Amukwiyu stated that the president's vision of inclusiveness is obtainable, but it would require the full support of all Namibians.
“At the end of the day we are Namibians. We are all Africans, and we all have the need to move from the sidelines to the centre stage,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Geingob did not respond to any of the statements made by the group during the ‘open’ session with the media.