Former Liberation Movements representatives meet Geingob

22 Nov 2018 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 22 NOV (NAMPA) – Swapo Party Secretary General (SG) Sophia Shaningwa and her counterparts from the Former Liberation Movements paid a courtesy visit to President Hage Geingob at State House on Thursday.
The aim of the visit was to brief Geingob on the outcome of the seventh meeting of Secretaries of Wings of Former Liberation Movements in Southern Africa that took place here on Tuesday.
Shaningwa informed the Head of State that the meeting went “excellently” and that they have looked at the issues they deliberated on during a secretary general meeting in Rwanda on 18 May 2017.
“I sought to indicate that we have looked at the issue; the implantation of the party leadership school project in Tanzania,” she said.
The school project is a joint project of the six ruling parties of Southern Africa.
“The report is very positive that the foundation is already up. The company to construct the school have been given the tender to proceed. The Republic of Tanzania have also contributed immensely to see to it that there are no delays,” she stated.
The Swapo SG added that as political governing parties, they have to start thinking of raising some funds so that when the construction of the school is completed, the structure does not become a “white elephant but should flourish”.
The party SGs at the meeting in Windhoek also looked at the political, economic and social situation of their countries and parties, Shaningwa said.
“We have realised that we are all commonly challenged, at times, socially and economically, and we have decided that together as organisations and as party SGs we are going to encourage the crafting and implementation of programmes that are geared towards the economic emancipation of our people in Southern Africa.”
Shaningwa also encouraged party members to reject the divisive tendencies of factionalism, tribalism, racism, sexism and other 'isms' that have predicaments against the prosperity of the survival of their parties.
The SGs further looked at the negative use of social media.
“We cannot shy away from this, because we have noticed that there are those who would like to see that propagandas being laid to the ruling parties are always negative. As secretary generals we have a duty to do and to start counteracting also when the onslaught is being made on our parties and our leaders,” she said.
The Swapo SG referred that her party will be having its extra-ordinary congress “by the end of November”.
“The extra-ordinary congress will deal with the issue that was left by the ordinary congress of the Swapo Party and that is the amendment of our constitution,” she said.
The other members who attended the briefing are Alvaro Manuel Boavida Neto of the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola, Ace Magashule of South Africa’s African National Congress, Roque Silva Samuel of the Mozambique Liberation Front, Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front’s Obert Moses Mpofu and Humphrey Polepole of Tanzania’s Chama Cha Mapinduzi party.