Swapo Party School holds first graduation

22 Jun 2019 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 22 JUN (NAMPA) – The Swapo Party School held its first-ever graduation ceremony here on Saturday, where a total of 48 party members received certificates in political science following a one-year training.
The graduates were trained in the fields of geography, English communication skills, computer literacy and Namibia’s history.
Among the graduates who received their certificates was the Deputy Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development Lucia Iipumbu and that of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Lucia Witbooi.
Delivering his keynote address during the graduation ceremony, President Hage Geingob described the graduates as political analysts and practitioners who should apply social science to analyse and get proper conclusions.
“You studied through disciplines, about solidarity, justice, unity and not tribalism and not racism. That is why people are asking why Swapo is winning – they do not know the secret of the party,” he said.
Geingob highlighted that the school was inaugurated in 2016 to ensure that current and future Swapo Party members are equipped to face challenges of modern domestic, regional and global politics and socio-economics.
“We must ensure that the knowledge and culture of Swapo and the ethos of solidarity, freedom and justice, remain at the core of our decision-making process,” he said.
The graduation, he pointed out takes place at a time when former liberation movements are faced with numerous challenges and where those who have sought to pre-empt Swapo’s downfall are intensifying their efforts through various tactics of destabilization.
“To those cadres who are soon to become proud graduates of the Swapo Party School, you are aware that we are currently faced with a myriad of challenges in the midst of a rapidly changing geo-political climate,” he said.
The threats to the party, he went on to say did not emanate from opposition parties but from economic realities and the upheaval caused by the pursuit of personal interests.
He further urged the graduates to take ownership of the process of ensuring that the principles that guided the party during the struggle for independence remain at the forefront of Namibian political discourse.