Swapo should be at forefront of economic emancipation: Geingob

31 Oct 2016 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 31 OCT (NAMPA) – The second national policy conference of the Swapo party kicked off on Monday under the theme ‘towards economic inclusivity and prosperity’.
The conference described as a “frank and open discourse” is being held to select definite guidelines that will guide and determine present and future decisions of the party.
Dressed in white caps and T-shirts, and singing party songs with the Ndilimani cultural troupe, Swapo party members from all over the country were joined by the Father of the Nation Sam Nujoma as well as former President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
Addressing the conference, President Hage Geingob boasted that the members’ presence was testimony that the party’s legacy continues.
“It is a legacy that began when we assumed the just cause of fighting to rid our people of the yoke of apartheid colonialism. It is a legacy that must continue as we take up the just cause of fighting to rid Namibian people of the yoke of poverty and economic exclusion,” he said.
Geingob said the world had changed, and it was pertinent that the Swapo party adapts to deal with the challenges of modern times to remain at the forefront of fighting for social justice.
A concern raised by Geingob was that party cadres were elected in their regions, only to be removed after intervention from headquarters. This, he said, was sending out “a bad signal with regards to our inner party democracy”.
He suggested that the party put up criteria up front rather than have headquarters take decisions that may potentially go against the wishes of the people.
The party should also discuss how to ensure that food, water, energy, housing, education and health care services grow apace with the increase in population and the change in demographic dynamics.
Climate change, food security and infrastructure development are issues that need to be addressed with utmost importance, Geingob said.
“It is pertinent that Swapo becomes a party that is at the forefront of the movement towards economic emancipation, just as it was at the forefront of the movement towards political independence.”
He said this would require that Swapo changes with the times, adding that he was confident that as a progressive party both in its approach and political philosophy, it would be able to meet the challenges.
The conference ends Thursday.