Esau and Mumbala condemn Shaningwa caricature in newspaper

24 Feb 2019 11:10am
AUSSENKEHR, 24 FEB (NAMPA) – //Kharas Swapo regional coordinator, Matheus Mumbala and chairperson of the party leaders assigned to the //Kharas Region, Bernhardt Esau, condemned a caricature depicting an unclothed Swapo Party Secretary-General (SG), Sophia Shaningwa, which appeared in a daily newspaper on Friday.
The two party leaders were speaking at the annual Swapo Party Regional Executive Committee meeting here on Saturday.
Mumbala said the way the newspaper drew the SG is unacceptable and uncalled for, slamming that the SG was elected by Swapo and not by the newspaper.
“Whatever she does, she does it with the mandate and the power vested in her by the Swapo congress and only members of the party, through the congress, have the right to complain that she is not doing a good job. The Namibian (newspaper) had no right,” he stressed.
The regional coordinator added that the SG is a woman and drawing her in that manner is uncalled for, further questioning what transpired for the newspaper to act in such a way.
“Media please tell like how it is, but attacking the SG like that is unacceptable at all and this is the year of accountability and The Namibian newspaper should account for what they have done,” said Mumbala.
Esau, who is also the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, described the caricature as immoral, unethical and needs to be condemned in the strongest terms.
He further said the //Kharas Region is the party’s base and urged leaders from the region to stand together and not to submit nor surrender to the enemy, adding that the fight to maintain control in the region must not stop.
“All of us should be organisers of the Swapo Party. We must go house to house to mobilise people to vote for Swapo in the time of prosperity and in the time of difficulties. We know Swapo is our mother and father. Just because you do not agree with your leader, now all of the sudden you are not Swapo, your parents will always be your parents,” added Esau.
The meeting also served as the first meeting for the newly-assigned party leaders to the region and according to Mumbala, for the party leadership also to familiarise themselves with the situation and the living conditions of the residents of Aussenkehr.
Other assigned members to the region are Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Maureen Hinda-Mbuende and Member of Parliament, Eliphas Ndingara.