2013 a year to celebrate individualism: Maamberua

21 Dec 2013 12:50pm
OSHAKATI, 21 DEC (NAMPA) – SWANU of Namibia President, Usutuaije Maamberua says this year (2013) was about celebrating the exemplary individualism of Nelson Rolihlala Mandela, the great South African visionary who sacrificed his personal freedom for his nation.
Maamberua said this at Oshakati in the Oshana Region on Thursday, as he presented his official end-of-year statement.
“The year 2013 was also about celebrating the individualism of Hedwig Stanley, that stoic man who risked his personal safety to help our founding father, Dr Sam Shafiishuna Nujoma, and many others escape into exile,” Maamberua noted, adding that it was a year in which Namibians also honoured the legacy of Namibian freedom fighter Fredrick Matongo.
He suggested that 2013 should be viewed, most importantly, as a year for celebrating people’s own individualism - a year for individuals to look in the mirror and ask themselves if they are really where they want to be in life.
“Like those stalwarts who did not follow the crowd and carved out their own path, we too should value the freedom to make our own choices. Choices that we think are the best for us,” the SWANU president stated.
This, he said, should be a priority and one of the important resolutions for each individual in the year 2014.
With the Presidential and National Assembly elections scheduled to take place in the country next year, Maamberua said he wants to see the electorate considering making an individual choice when going to the polls.
“Early next year, you will see us busy establishing our formal structures here in the North. Our party is currently engaged in a membership recruitment drive in the northern regions before we are to establish branches and offices,” he said.
Formed in 1959, SWANU does not yet have any formal political structures in northern Namibia, where the majority of the population lives.
The party president however boasted that hundreds and thousands of Namibians are flocking back to the political home of all Namibians.
“They have come home to SWANU, Namibia’s mother party. This year, people in the dry and wide expanses of the South have joined the political party which set the stage for organised resistance against Apartheid back in 1959,” Maamberua said.
He described SWANU as a political party which has serious consideration for issues of gender equality and equal opportunity for all.
“A party that has, at its core, the genuine wellbeing of the poor and downtrodden,” he added.
SWANU Secretary-General Dr Tangeni Iijambo and several other members of the party’s executive leadership accompanied Maamberua on his visit to Oshakati.