Anti-Hage drive premeditated: Team Harambee

16 Nov 2017 08:00am
KEETMANSHOOP, 16 NOV (NAMPA) – Team Harambee on Wednesday claimed that an all-out attempt to get rid of President Hage Geingob after one term in office, was hatched in 2013 already.
Those blamed in the matter are the present-day Team Swapo or Team Masalad and so-called proponent of the endeavour, the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) Movement.
The allegation is contained in the campaign promise booklet of Swapo presidency candidate, Geingob; his vice-president candidate, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah; secretary-general (SG) candidate, Sophia Shaningwa; and deputy SG candidate, Marco Hausiku.
Team Harambee Chairperson, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa read from the booklet at the group’s Keetmanshoop campaign rally Wednesday.
Hanse-Himarwa said in the aftermath of Swapo’s 2012 congress where Geingob was elected vice-president, a blueprint to challenge and undermine his presidency was hatched to make the country ungovernable.
“The blueprint was named Agenda 2017 in reference to Swapo’s 2017 congress, where they would launch their last attempt to ensure a one-term presidency for Geingob,” Hanse-Himarwa declared.
She said Agenda 2017 was premeditated, contradicting claims that Team Swapo was formulated to ‘rescue the party’.
Hanse-Himarwa said on the eve of the 2014 national elections, Swapo members in the form of AR attempted land grabs and engaged in what appeared to be incitement of violence.
“Similarly, the vocal personalised critique of the president-elect then was unprecedented and difficult to fathom, but despite their best efforts to undermine the elections, Swapo and Geingob garnered the strongest electoral performance to date,” said Hanse-Himarwa.
Agenda 2017 then metamorphosed into Team Masalad with the addition of some who may have been deeply disappointed by the strong push against corruption, name-dropping and influence-peddling, Hanse-Himarwa said.
“Team Swapo at first supported Geingob’s bid for the party’s presidency, but later became unhappy when he indicated Nandi-Ndaitwah as his preferred candidate for vice-president,” she said.
Team Swapo appears to be a formation of angry people who felt left out and are acting in defence of individual interests and not that of the party, said Team Harambee through Hanse-Himarwa.
She called on congress delegates at the rally to vote not only for Geingob, but his slate too at the 23 to 26 November ordinary congress in Windhoek.
“We should not only support him, but also those he has given us to support,” said Hanse-Himarwa.
Swapo SG, Nangolo Mbumba said it was a rule for an incumbent president to also become party president, “but there are those who want to compete”.
He urged delegates to be calm as “Team Harambee has the most appropriate and well-composed slate”.
Shaningwa and Hausiku said it was unfair for Geingob to campaign for the party’s presidency, but promised to work towards reform and unity in the party.
“All of us know each other for a long time and we will bridge this [disunity] and remind members again why Swapo is a family,” Hausiku said.
Geingob, on his part, said Swapo is not in crisis as some allege, but assured delegates of improvements in the party should they vote for his team.
“I promise if all of you go and vote for this team, I am telling you, you will see a change,” he said.