Swapo takes campaign north
Outapi – The Swapo Party last weekend took its campaign to the Omusati Region, where close to 2 000 people converged at Olufuko Centre at the regional capital to listen to the campaign message for the November 28 general elections, which was delivered by the ruling party’s presidential hopeful, Dr Hage Geingob.
Omusati, one of Namibia’s populous northern regions, is traditionally a Swapo Party power house, with the ruling party garnering over 90 percent of votes in previous elections. Swapo commands all the eleven constituencies in the region – Tsandi, Outapi, Onesi, Okalongo, Oshikuku, Elim, Okahao, Anamulenge, Otamanzi and Ruacana.
According to the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN), 1.2 million people have registered to vote in this year’s Presidential and National Assembly elections, and Omusati makes up 11 percent of this figure.
It has also been revealed that if all registered voters cast their vote, the region might give Swapo Party 13 seats in the National Assembly come 2015 but only if everybody votes for Swapo.
Addressing the enthusiastic crowd, Geingob expressed his appreciation for the Namibians’ continued support for Swapo before and after independence.
According to Geingob, such support indicates that people entrust the party to administer the country’s affairs.
He paid tribute to President Hifikepunye Pohamba and founding president, Dr Sam Nujoma, for the important roles they played in maintaining peace and stability and for fostering social and economic development in the country.
“The Swapo Party leadership needs no introduction. It is a leadership that is internationally recognized, respected and accepted. Led for the first time by president Sam Nujoma, who is known throughout the world as the pioneer freedom fighter and Namibia’s father of the nation who was then succeeded by President Hifikepunye Pohamba who is known as a peace keeper not only in Namibia but in the entire region and such legacy needs to be maintained,” he said.
Geingob also used the occasion to disagree with some opposition parties that have accused government failure to deliver development, saying they are being untruthful.
He said the government is fully aware of challenges that need to be tackled for the country to achieve its Vison 2030 such as poverty, high level of unemployment and unequal income distribution, adding that Swapo is the only party with ‘experience, expertise and political acumen’ to tackle these problems.
“We want to build on the strong foundations that the Swapo Party had already established in areas such as governance, service delivery, development of infrastructure and the broadening of socio-economic benefits to the people,” he said.
Also addressing the rally, Swapo stalwart and Omusati Governor Sophia Shaningwa noted that voting for Swapo has become part “of our culture.
“Omusati region has been ranking number one on Swapo Party election chart since independence and this year we are going to do the same. Call us a Swapo Party Power House because here everybody is proud to associate with Swapo”.
Shaningwa echoed Geingob’s sentiment that Swapo is the only party in Namibia that has the capacity to accelerate socio-economic development and create employment.
The party’s regional co-ordinator in Omusati, Erginus Endjala said Swapo has been delivering on past promises and several development programmes are still on, especially in the agricultural sector, with the main goal to alleviate poverty and create job opportunities for young people in the region.
“The priority above all priorities is to unite all Namibians so that we can maintain peace and stability and accelerate all our economic development plans and programmes and that can only be achieved if people will vote for the right party, which is Swapo,” said Endjala.