02 Mar 2018 10:00am
REHOBOTH, 02 MAR (NAMPA) The Swapo Party leadership in the Hardap Region has pledged its support to the envisaged Nama Cultural Festival slated for May this year.
Chairperson of the Hardap Regional Council and Rehoboth Urban East Constituency Councillor, Edward Wambo, during an interview with Nampa on Thursday said the regional leadership backs the festival, scheduled for 24-27 May, as it promotes unity within the Nama people.
I am happy to see the youth standing up to do what is right, in organising a cultural festival for the Nama people to unite them through their cultural beliefs, Wambo noted.
The idea of the festival was conceived by a varied group of Nampa youth, mostly from the Hardap and //Kharas regions.
Wambo said Hardap Governor, Esme Isaack, was one of the people who previously called for the organisation of such a festival, adding that Clinton Swartbooi, during his tenure as //Kharas Governor, had also made the same call.
I am calling on citizens and leaders not to link the festival with the Landless Peoples Movement as rumoured. The media speculation going around of Swapo leaders in Hardap warning their members not be part of the festival is devoid of any truth and are unsubstantiated, Wambo remarked.
He said the Swapo Party is for all, irrespective of ethnic or religious affiliation, and blocking its members to be part of the festival will be like shooting themselves in the foot, as the action will be tantamount to racial discrimination, something the party desists from.
Other tribes have their festivals, why would we all of a sudden sabotage the Nama festival, Wambo asked.
He called on all Namibians, irrespective of race or skin colour, to be part of what he believes will be a carnival-like atmosphere, where Nama pride and culture will be on display and said he, along with other leaders, will be part of it.
The festival will be preceded by a gala dinner at Keetmanshoop on Saturday.