Road upgrades not elections' campaign ploy: Geingob

05 Dec 2013 17:40pm
By Charles Tjatindi
OKONDJATU, 05 DEC (NAMPA) – Prime Minister Hage Geingob, who is in the running for the country’s presidency next year, has dismissed the notion that the recent roll-out of Government programmes was an election campaign ploy by the ruling Swapo-Party.
The Prime Minister (PM) said the ruling party was not campaigning for votes as is the belief amongst many in opposition circles, but was merely a response to the needs of the citizenry as per Government’s mandate.
Geingob made the remarks during a groundbreaking ceremony for the second phase of the Gobabis-Grootfontein road upgrade at Okondjatu in the Otjozondjupa Region on Thursday.
The PM said programmes which are being rolled-out now, such as the current upgrades of roads across the country, have been long in the pipeline, and can as such not be interpreted as a campaign ploy.
“People are quick to point out that Government is bringing these road projects because we want to be re-elected, come next year’s elections.
They say we are campaigning for votes, but that is not the case. All these projects you see here have been planned and were worked on more than 10 years ago,” he stated.
Geingob emphasised the need for Namibians to shy away from bitter politicking, and instead to embrace each other in the spirit of nationhood.
“We want modernisation and the collaboration of all Namibian citizens as one nation, as one people, as Namibians for socio-economic advancement.
Always remember that you are first a Namibian before you can be classified as a Herero or Damara,” the PM noted.
Geingob is the current vice-president of the Swapo-Party.
The TR 14/2 road upgrade is an extension of the already-upgraded Gobabis-Otjinene road, which stretches over 157 kilometres.