03 Oct 2018 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 03 OCT (NAMPA) The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) has expressed dismay over statements made towards President Hage Geingob.
In a media statement issued on Wednesday, the SPYL, through Secretary for Information, Publicity and Mobilisation Gerson Dumeni, made reference to derogatory remarks on a poster by a local activist during a demonstration held Monday before the National Land Conference.
Comments about First Lady Monica Geingos were also made on social media.
The youth league said these groups want to advance disunity and tribalism.
The president and his wife are the first citizens of this country and deserve uncompromised and unconditional respect from all Namibian citizens, regardless of your political affiliation, race, religion or cultural background, the statement said.
The SPYL further said it is uncalled for, for individuals to label the land conference a sham conference.
The second National Land Conference is being convened after successful intensive regional consultative conferences, which were held in all 14 regions.
The five-day conference, which takes place in Windhoek, started Monday.
In the days leading up to the conference, several pressure groups withdrew from the conference, branding it a predetermined political gimmick.
Opposition parties also boycotted the conference for the same reason and citing insufficient time slots allocated to them. They also said the issue of ancestral land claims would not receive the prominence it warrants.
The SPYL further expressed disappointment in the conduct of the Namibian Police Force, who allegedly failed to enforce the set conditions of the march and demonstration set by the Inspector-General of NamPol, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga.
According to the statement, one of the set conditions was that no participant, speaker or other participant in the demonstration shall issue or carry pamphlets or posters, which contain or promote hate speech or may incite violence against any persons.
It is known that one of the mandates of the police is to maintain law and order and failure to execute such a noble task is tantamount to negligence, Dumeni added.
The SPYL urged Namibians to exercise their freedom of thought, conscience and beliefs in a respectful and humble manner.