12 Mar 2017 11:50am
KEETMANSHOOP, 12 MAR (NAMPA) Swapo president Hage Geingob has applauded Keetmanshoop residents for attending the partys star rally in big numbers despite calls for them to boycott the gathering.
The rally, held at the J Stephanus Stadium on Saturday, was attended by over 1 000 people.
Speaking at the gathering, Geingob said he heard people were told not to attend.
Is it Swapo who took away your land? In Swapo, we do not discriminate and we believe that no Namibian should be left out, he said.
There were allegedly calls for a boycott by the Landless Peoples Movement, which was introduced in Keetmanshoop last month.
The movement has vowed to have the voices of Namibians heard on their claims to ancestral land.
Geingob said some people establish civil society organisations because they failed in Swapo or were not elected in the party structures.
In some areas of the southern town, banners were hung which contained demands for ancestral land.
One read Mr Geingob we want our ancestral land back and another, Ancestral land, its a birthright.
Geingob questioned why people think the Swapo leadership is against them getting land.
He further pointed out that government is not against business and the generation of financial wealth, but is only concerned with ensuring that the pursuit of business and wealth takes place legally with adherence to the rule of law.
Geingob reminded all Swapo members to revisit the partys constitution.
He said the party is committed to promoting accelerated economic development and to creating a balance between the primary and the secondary sectors of the economy.