Geingob's congress statement reconciliatory: Horn

23 Nov 2017 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 23 NOV (NAMPA) – Political analyst Nico Horn has lauded President Hage Geingob’s opening statement at the 6th Swapo Ordinary Congress, saying it struck a “reconciliatory tone”.
Horn said in an interview with Nampa here on Thursday, when he dissected Geingob’s speech, that unity was at the core of the message.
He, however, noted with concern that the speech fell short of addressing pertinent issues affecting the country, such as poverty eradication and unemployment.
Horn noted that such issues were only touched on the surface and were not extensively reflected upon in Geingob’s speech.
“One would have expected that the president would spend more time on these issues currently affecting the country, especially on how they will be addressed,” Horn said.
He noted that while it could be that Geingob was reserving comment on such matters for the closing ceremony of the congress on Sunday, many would have wanted to hear him speak on them.
Horn attributed the president’s stress on unity and his plea to delegates to “play the ball, not the man” to the prevailing tension visible on the opening day.
He noted that such a situation was expected, as delegates have just concluded a heated campaign period for party leadership positions merely a day before the opening ceremony.
“The tension was visible, but it was nothing out of the ordinary,” he noted.
The congress is amongst others expected to elect 72 members of the party’s central committee and the top-four leadership positions of president, vice-president, secretary-general and deputy secretary-general on Sunday.