UPDATE: Swapo withdraws Swartbooi from National Assembly

26 Jul 2017 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 26 JUL (NAMPA) – Former Land Reform Deputy-Minister Bernadus Swartbooi has been withdrawn from the National Assembly as a Swapo party member with immediate effect.
This was announced by Swapo Secretary-General, Nangolo Mbumba at a media conference held in the capital Wednesday morning.
“The reasons for Swartbooi’s withdrawal are self-evident in his conduct, utterances and general attitude expressed in the public towards the party, its functionaries and Government on diverse occasions, on various matters,” said Mbumba.
At a gala dinner for the Landless Peoples’ Movement on Saturday night in Keetmanshoop, Swartbooi told guests, “It is a known fact that I am 99.9 per cent not Swapo”, adding he would resign from the ruling party within 30 seconds after being fired.
Recently, Swartbooi is known to have remarked that “people in the north of Namibia cannot lecture people in the south on issues of land”.
“They did not lose any land and they must keep their damn hands off our land.”
Swartbooi also lashed out at the Swapo-led government for looking after the interest of one ethnic group, which he said was in the majority, while the interests of other ethnic groups did not receive the necessary attention.
Probed as to why the party had merely withdrawn Swartbooi from Parliament and not expelled him from the party, Mbumba said this had nothing to do with party matters. “He could do as he pleased but would not represent the party.”
“We will not have him represent the party after continuing to make the remarks he made against it.”
Swartbooi will be replaced in the Parliament in due time.
(NAMPA)
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