Ruling party recruits 150 members in Bethanie

08 Dec 2013 12:30pm
BETHANIE, 08 DEC (NAMPA) - The Swapo-Party’s branch at Bethanie, which was revived in November with the election of new coordinator Amalia Hatzkin, has managed to recruit 150 new members.
This includes people who had previously left the party to join opposition parties.
Since her appointment, Hatzkin and the other office-bearers at Bethanie have been active with the recruitment process.
During a welcoming ceremony here on Saturday, six individuals who left Swapo to join the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) were welcomed back.
The remaining new members will collect their membership cards from Hatzkin’s office or received the cards at the next welcoming ceremony planned for February next year.
Petrus Thomas Witbooi, Swapo’s coordinator for the Berseba District which the Bethanie branch falls under, encouraged members to be united and work together for the development of Bethanie.
“We are here to unite ourselves and pave the way for the development of Bethanie, which is only possible if we remain united. We have recruited a lot of new members and we have proof of memberships,” said Witbooi.
The Swapo Regional Coordinator for //Karas, Matheus Mumbala, on his part thanked his fellow leaders for a job well done.
“I encourage you to continue bringing new members to the party; I want that 150 to be doubled. In 2015 I want all the councillors in the Bethanie Village Council to be Swapo members,” said Mumbala.
Also speaking at the ceremony was the Deputy Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, who also serves as the Councillor for the Keetmanshoop Urban Constituency and one of the Swapo leaders assigned to //Karas, Hilma Nikanor.
She stated that Swapo will “continue to bring hope to all peace-loving Namibians and continue to be the strongest party”.
She encouraged all residents of Bethanie, especially the younger ones, to acquire new voter cards before the Presidential and National Assembly elections next year.
“You need to be ready for the elections and you can only do that if you are registered to vote. So come January, go out there and receive your voter cards so that you can exercise your rights by participating in the elections,” Nikanor said, adding that the current voter cards have expired.
“This country belongs to the youth, you are the future leaders. I want us to make sure that all houses in Bethanie have the Swapo flag. Let us not repeat the mistake of allowing the village council to be led by the opposition,” the politician said.
Nikanor also used the opportunity to encourage residents to vote for her party’s candidate, Prime Minister and Swapo vice-president Hage Geingob, during the elections.
“The victory of Hage Geingob is the victory of Swapo and the victory of all Namibians,” she said.