The media wants to tear Swapo apart: Nekongo

25 Jun 2019 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 25 JUN (NAMPA) – Some local media houses have declared war to discredit the ruling party, the government it leads and its leadership by spreading an anti-Swapo gospel, Swapo Party Youth League secretary Ephraim Nekongo has said.
Nekongo vented his dissatisfaction with what he termed “unethical and politically-centered journalists” at a media conference in the capital on Tuesday.
“You are not writing anything good that the Swapo-led government is doing but rather concentrating on the bad things. Why do you only want to report the bad thing and not the good thing? Don’t you think that is an agenda [against Swapo]?” Nekongo charged.
His remarks follow media reports that the party has embarked on a mission to construct headquarters for N.dollars 730 million.
This move has drawn criticism from political commentators and the public alike, particularly as it comes at a time when the country is confronted by a devastating drought and a precarious economic position.
Recent media reports further suggest that the battle to replace Swapo’s current leader, President Hage Geingob, is in full swing.
It has been reported that senior party members are preparing themselves for positions of influence in the party beyond 2020, when Geingob steps down.
However, Nekongo rubbished such insinuation, saying until 2022, the current party leadership will remain intact.
“We ought to know that many journalists and their respective media houses have declared themselves our enemy and they have made it their daily bread to tarnish our name… they apparently don’t see the positive we are doing. They apparently see nothing good in our leaders and perhaps that is the focus of their judgment and businesses,” he said.
Furthermore, the purported tensions and division within the party are non-existent according to Nekongo, who believes that “nothing can destroy Swapo”.