Swapo veterans feel left out: Angula

27 Jul 2016 07:40am
OSHAKATI, 27 JUL (NAMPA) – The Swapo Party’s Secretary for Information and Mobilisation, Helmut Angula says some veterans of the party feel left out after retiring from public service or from the army and police forces.
Addressing a party leadership workshop for the Oshana Region at Oshakati on Tuesday, he said all party members are important.
“The party needs all its members, old, young and middle-aged,” Angula noted, adding that some of the veterans worked hard when they were young to ensure that party structures are in place, especially during the liberation struggle.
Angula said he is holding workshops in the regions as part of his responsibility to disseminate information pertaining to the thinking of the Swapo Party, as well as the country’s political and economic situation with members of the party as stipulated by its constitution.
He pointed out that it is expected of party leaders to be open-minded and critical during the party’s regional leadership workshops and meetings for improvement in the future.
The one-day workshop was held for the party’s regional executive members; women’s council leaders; elder council leaders; youth leaders; veterans of the liberation struggle and retired senior army, police and public service officials.
Attendees were expected to gain a better understanding of the party and its operations, information which should be taken back to the organisations or groups represented and applied to their initiatives.
Swapo Party Coordinator in the Oshana Region, Erastus Kapolo told workshop participants the party is still stable in the region, as demonstrated during the last regional elections when the party’s candidates once again emerged victorious in all 11 constituencies and districts of the region.
Although Kapolo is satisfied that all councillors in the Ongwediva are from Swapo, he asked for hard work amongst party leaders to ensure that all councillors in the Oshakati and Ondangwa town councils are also from the party after the next local authority elections.
The official opposition party, the DTA of Namibia is the only other political organisation to have a councillor each in the Oshakati and Ondangwa town councils after the last local authority elections, while the rest of the councillors are from Swapo.