27 May 2013 08:50
GROOTFONTEIN, 27 MAY (NAMPA) - Several Swapo-Party Members of Parliament (MPs) on Sunday travelled to Grootfontein by road and air to campaign for their candidate in the upcoming Grootfontein by-election.
The highly-spirited delegation of politicians, headed by Swapo vice-president Dr Hage Geingob, held their party?s final campaign rally here on Sunday in support of Nelao Amagulu, who is vying for the Grootfontein regional councillor position.
Voting is scheduled for Thursday this week.
The by-election follows the death of Grootfontein regional councillor Bromeus Matheus in March this year.
Matheus, a Swapo-Party member, died in the Ongwediva Medical Park after a short illness.
Geingob jetted in and out of Grootfontein on Sunday in the State?s Falcon aircraft, escorted by a sizable number of politicians and business moguls in the country to support Amagulu.
During his official statement at the rally staged at the Omulunga sports field in Grootfontein, Geingob urged all eligible Swapo voters in Grootfontein to rally behind Amagulu.
He said Amagulu is the right candidate to take over from the late Matheus since she was nominated by her district?s internal allies to stand for the position.
?Therefore, forget about tribalism now. We are one family in Swapo. We support winners in Swapo, and we don?t campaign against them at night,? he stressed.
He then called Amagulu to the podium, lifted her right hand into the air, and introduced her to the hundreds of people who attended the rally.
Geingob then shouted: ?Do you know her? This is Nelao Amagulu, viva Nelao, vote for Nelao, go vote for Swapo on Thursday morning, vote for Nelao.?
Earlier, Swapo chairman of the national leaders assigned to the Otjozondjupa Region, Nahas Angula also expressed his support for Amagulu.
Angula preached unity in the Swapo-Party, adding that the reason why national and regional leaders of the mighty Swapo had travelled to Grootfontein on Sunday was to go and shape the future of the country.
He said a complete socio-economic emancipation of Namibia would only come down to the people through his political party: Swapo.
Angula later urged all eligible voters in Grootfontein to go to the polling stations on Thursday morning, and to cast their votes wisely for Amagulu for the future of Grootfontein.
Meanwhile, several Grootfontein residents who spoke to Nampa on Saturday and Sunday here demanded a regional councillor from any political party who would bring development to them.
Grootfontein community activist Uwe Rathmann said development has not been forthcoming to their town over the past years.
?Therefore, it is time up! We need a councillor who would serve us, according to the national development plans (NDPs) and the Public Service Charter,? he charged.
Rathmann said a capable councillor who is able to communicate economic and developmental objectives listed in the NDPs and other national documents is the absolute, proper leader to be elected on Thursday.
Other political parties contesting the by-election are the All People?s Party (APP), National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo), Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), Swanu and DTA of Namibia.
These parties also held their final rallies here over the past weekend.