A new Swapo branch named after Mbumba

05 Nov 2013 11:10am
RUNDU, 05 NOV (NAMPA) - A new Swapo-Party district branch at the Kehemu informal settlement on the outskirts of Rundu has been named after the party’s Secretary-General (SG), Nangolo Mbumba.
The new branch comes after the demarcation of the settlement into two after its population increased. The Gosbert Shikerete branch is the other branch in that settlement.
The aim was to enable party members and supporters to access the ruling party’s activities and programmes easily.
Mbumba said during a general meeting held at Rundu on Saturday that he was honoured and privileged to have a branch named after him.
He, however, took issue with some 'hibernators', who claim to be members of the ruling party, but are carrying membership cards of other political parties.
“You can’t be a Christian and a Muslim at the same time. You can’t do that,” charged the ruling party’s chief administrator, who also called on party members to be truthful at all times.
Mbumba said there are some party leaders who, after being elected into leadership positions, are disregarding the party’s directives and instructions.
He also castigated some party leaders whom he labelled as ‘shameful Africans’ who quarrel with their traditional authority leaders, cautioning that traditional chiefs are there to be respected and honoured.
Mbumba then congratulated party leaders in the two Kavango regions because there was no confusion and complaints brought by the split of the Kavango Region into two.
The region was divided into the Kavango East and Kavango West regions earlier this year, following a recommendation by the Fourth Delimitation Commission.
He also urged the Swapo-Party coordinators in the regions to ensure that there are enough application forms for new members to apply, and called on party supporters and sympathizers to acquire membership as it will be difficult for anyone to run for a political office without a membership card.
Although the party adopted a 50/50 gender representation policy, the Swapo-Party SG said people still have to compete for positions based on leadership strengths, coupled with honesty.
The ruling party wants to attain a landslide victory in next year’s National and Presidential elections so as not to have a Swapo-Party president but a parliament controlled by opposition party members, as such a situation would compromise laws and programmes which need to be passed.
The registration of voters for next year’s election is set to kick off on 15 January 2014, and the country goes to the polls towards the end of that year.