Geingob extends 'hand of unity' to former opponents

27 Nov 2017 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 27 NOV (NAMPA) - Newly elected Swapo president, Hage Geingob has extended an olive branch to his former contenders for the party's pole position.
Geingob, in his acceptance speech shortly after beating Jerry Ekandjo and Nahas Angula to the presidency position, said he was ready to work with all members of the Swapo party including Ekandjo and Angula.
Geingob said the party to which they all belong was bigger than anyone of them, as such it was only right that they all work together for the common good of the party.
“You never stopped being my comrades. We are bound together in blue, red and green,” he said.
Geingob pledged to be a “president of unity” and thus called on all Swapo members to rally behind him to make sure that policies and programmes of the party are fully implemented.
“There are no more teams in Swapo, only one Swapo. As such, we must turn our backs against petty politics and squabbles and strive to be one,” he noted.
The president paid tribute to founding father of the Namibian nation, Sam Nujoma, and former Swapo president, Hifikepunye Pohamba, for having left a firm legacy for him to follow.
Geingob attained 574 votes against Ekandjo's 153 and Angula's 39 votes out of a total 766 votes cast.