23 Nov 2017 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 23 NOV (NAMPA) The Swapo party is not a shortcut to personal wealth and power, but a movement of the people, President Hage Geingob has said.
Speaking during the official opening of the partys 6th ordinary congress on Thursday, Geingob said the party was not a personality cult or an exclusive club, but bigger than any individual.
He said personal interests in the party should be buried and the growth of the country should be pursued instead of individual careers.
The exercise of internal party democracy is a strength, not a weakness and we should never allow our stable succession practices and our democratic nature to become a weakness, he said.
Geingob, who is Swapo vice-president, said there were those who claim that Swapo has changed and it is no longer the party they used to know.
However, he emphasised that Swapo has kept its core values.
The world has changed and in order not to be left behind, we have to change with the times, while retaining our core values, he said.
Geingob stated that it was pertinent that Swapo adapts to dealing with the contemporary challenges in order to remain at the forefront of fighting for social justice.
Swapo remains true to the pursuit of its fundamental ideals for social justice and liberty, in all its forms. Swapo is here to stay for a very long time, he said.
The four-day congress will, among others, see elections on Sunday for the top four Swapo party leadership positions and members of the central committee for the next five years.
The official opening is attended by delegates from all 14 regions, the youth, women and elders councils, National Union of Namibian Workers affiliates, sister parties and members of the diplomatic corps.