Ex-political commissars to become Swapo school functionaries

05 Apr 2016 11:10am
OMEEGE, 05 APR (NAMPA) - Swapo Central Committee member Jerry Ekandjo says former Swapo political commissars will be used as functionaries of the party’s envisaged political school.
He made the announcement at Omeege village in the Oshana Region’s Oshakati East Constituency at belated Independence celebrations on Friday.
“We are considering the appointment of our former commissars to be functionaries of the party’s political school throughout the country,” he told his audience.
Ekandjo, who is also the Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, pointed out that the commissars to be used are particularly those who are now retired after serving as senior officials in the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) and elsewhere in the government.
Political commissars were high-ranking officers in the then Swapo military wing, the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), and were responsible for political education on the war front.
They mobilised the masses to rally behind Swapo as a liberation movement and educated the people on the party's ideology.
With the political school, the ruling Swapo-party intends to train party cadres in leadership on its ideologies.
Ekandjo indicated that the political school will also teach the youth about the party’s history of the liberation struggle.
According to him, the young people will be taught to value the sacrifices made by Namibian heroes and heroines towards the achievement of independence and freedom.
Besides his call for the appreciation of the achievement of the country’s independence on 21 March 1990 as a result of sacrifices by the sons and daughters of Namibia, Ekandjo also urged young people to embrace national unity for peace and stability in the country.
He used the same platform to commend the Namibian Government for its programmes of bringing services closer to the people, saying it has made lots of tangible developmental achievements in a period of 26 years of independence.
“In just 26 years, the Swapo-led government has achieved a lot which the previous German and South Africa apartheid governments failed to deliver in their 106 years of colonial occupation,” the minister explained.
He singled out rural water supply and electrification, the construction of schools, hospitals and road infrastructure network as some of tangible achievements by the Namibian government since independence.
The coordinator of the Swapo-Party in the Oshana Region, Erastus Kapolo informed this news agency on Monday that the Oshakati East community celebrated independence on Friday because the leadership of the constituency was in Windhoek for the main celebration event.