Sister parties call for unity within Swapo

23 Nov 2017 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 23 NOV (NAMPA) – The Swapo party should remain united regardless of how the congress election results turn out.
These sentiments were expressed by representatives of Swapo’s sister parties here on Thursday during the opening ceremony of the party’s 6th Ordinary Congress.
The congress will also see elections for the party’s top four positions of president, vice president, secretary-general and deputy secretary-general on Sunday.
A representative from the African National Congress (ANC) party of South Africa said unity should be the primary focus for all party members, despite challenges within the party.
“Let us all rally behind whoever is going to be elected in office after the results; avoid separation and remain united.”
The Botswana Democratic Party expressed hope that the new Swapo leadership will try hard to continue to move Namibia forward.
“Without unity in Swapo Namibia will collapse, therefore our democratic dispensation should strengthen but not undermine the Swapo party,” read a statement delivered by the BDP member.
The sister parties also commended and applauded Swapo for the progress it has achieved since the country’s independence from South Africa in 1990.
Mozambique’s ruling party, Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo), highlighted Swapo’s fight for all Namibians to fully enjoy political, economic, social and other benefits.
“During its 11th congress about a month ago, Frelimo affirmed its conviction to continue to privilege the continuous strengthening of the friendly and solidarity relations among the former liberation movement parties of Africa,” the representative said.
Frelimo also emphasised the importance for sister organisations to strengthen ties in order to interrogate challenges in the Southern African Development Community.
In a statement read on his behalf, Tanzania’s Chama Cha Mapinduzi Secretary General, Abdulrahman Kinana shared the ANC’s sentiments, adding how confident his party is that the fight Swapo is fighting to liberate the country economically will never turn back.
“We greatly value your determination and efforts you are making towards becoming a nation characterised by a competitive industrialised economy while at the same time improving the welfare of the Namibian people,” Kinana added.