Amukwiyu asks Geingob to withdraw victory claim

13 Nov 2017 15:40pm
WALVIS BAY, 13 NOV (NAMPA) – Team Swapo candidate for the Swapo Party Secretary-General (SG) position, Armas Amukwiyu said Team Harambee have not yet won the elections as claimed.
An article from a daily newspaper last month quoted Swapo presidential candidate, President Hage Geingob, as saying his team had already won the Swapo Party top four positions as only seven delegates to the elective congress attended the rival Team Swapo’s launch in Windhoek last month.
Amukwiyu was delivering a campaign speech alongside other Team Swapo candidates at a rally in Walvis Bay on Sunday, where he asked Geingob to withdraw the statement.
“It is not true that they won the elections. I can testify that I spoke to more than 540 congress delegates who indicated they will vote for Team Swapo.”
Amukwiyu said when voted into office, he will make sure that it will not be used as a tool to expel members from Swapo as the current leadership is allegedly doing.
“Constitution violators should know their days are numbered,” he warned.
He further stated that some members of Swapo who support Team Swapo were allegedly threatened by Team Harambee [that they will] lose jobs.
“I want to make it clear that he does not have the power to force people to eat donkey meat if they do not want,” Amukwiyu said, followed by laughter from the crowd.
Petrina Haingura, a former Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, and local businesswoman Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun will contest the deputy SG position for Team Swapo.
Haingura on Sunday said there is a problem in Swapo and that they cannot just “sit and let it die in the ICU”.
She said having candidates for the positions is a way of looking for medicine to treat Swapo.
Haingura stated that delegates have the oxygen for Swapo to survive, and they should do this by voting for her and fellow Team Swapo candidates.
Team Swapo, she said, has servants who listen better to the people they serve.
“We cannot be told about Food Bank and be made to promote laziness and dependency on handouts. We need to work for ourselves.”
Haingura said their aim is to have peace and stability for children and this is achieved through encouraging them to work hard.
“If we work on our own, there will be no malnutrition in this country.”
Namundjebo-Tilahun said as a businesswoman, she should be voted for to ensure economic growth and job creation in the country, especially for the young people.
More than 500 people, including Swapo members from the Hardap Region, attended the rally.
The elective congress is slated for 23 to 26 November in the capital.