Political leaders should refrain from irresponsible statements: PDM

28 Mar 2018 10:20am
REHOBOTH, 28 MAR (NAMPA) – The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) expressed displeasure at remarks made by former president Hifikepunye Pohamba against former SWATF/Koevoet during a visit to the Onangwe village in the Omolunga Constituency, Ohangwena Region on Saturday.
In a statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday, the officiall opposition said they are irked by Pohamba saying South West Africa Territorial Force (SWATF) and Koevoet ex-combatants are abusing the policy of national reconciliation by staging demonstrations to demand that Government recognise them as war veterans. Pohamba also said it is incorrect for the Swapo government to grant veteran status to those who fought against Namibia's independence.
The PDM said such statements has taken countries to war, and this is the situation they do not want for Namibia.
“We call upon the former president to apologise to the Namibian people for making such dangerous statements,” the party said.
It noted that PDM has adopted the policy of national reconciliation that will guide the relationship between the former People’s Liberation Army of Namibia fighters and the ex-SWATF.
“This is very clear and people like former president Pohamba should be in a better position to understand this policy. He got an honorary doctorate title for his good leadership, and therefore he should continue demonstrating that through his conducts,” the statement read.
PDM urged all national leaders from different political fraternities, particularly Swapo, to stay away from irresponsible statements such as this and lead by example.