President urges solidarity in SPWC election

08 Dec 2016 17:30pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 08 DEC (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob on Thursday urged members of the Swapo-Party Women’s Council (SPWC) Congress to remain united and accept the outcome of the forthcoming election.
The SPWC will elect new leaders on Friday during its 7th congress underway in Keetmanshoop.
“We will never move forward if we don’t accept democracy and unite in order to support the victor,” Geingob said.
Referring to his own shaky trajectory towards becoming the current president, Geingob said it was indeed possible for Swapo contenders to work together in the interest of the country.
“Today, I work alongside my fellow party contenders, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and Jerry Ekandjo, who are both ministers.”
Geingob said he also never tore into the Swapo party after his apparent fall from grace when he was removed from his position as prime minister by Founding President Sam Nujoma in 2002.
“The enemies tried to get interviews from me, but I kept quiet and chased them away.”
He urged the women’s council leaders to use him as an example, to hold hands and to collaborate in delivering goods and services to the electorate.
The SPWC Congress is held under the theme ‘Embracing 50/50 for prosperity beyond generations’.
Geingob said it was impossible to talk of economic emancipation while leaving out half of the population [women].
He said women were hard-hit by oppression from both inside and outside their homes.
“They suffer patriarchy at home, apartheid outside their homes and gender inequality at the workplace, simply because they are women,” Geingob said.
He said it was up to both men and women to address gender-based violence (GBV) and imbalances, and asked the congress to come up with strategies in this regard.
“GBV in our country is out of order. Maybe men feel inferior and are losing their masculinity. Maybe that is why they fight and kill women,” Geingob said.
Over 700 delegates from all 14 regions of the country are attending the congress that will elect a new secretary, deputy secretary and a 53-member SPWC Central Committee.
The election results will be made public on Saturday morning.