By Eliaser Ndeyanale
SWAPO’S information and mobilisation secretary Helmut Angula has hit at the ruling party critics and ‘tribalists’, saying they better use their energy ‘to plant trees’.
He said there are people who write columns in newspapers criticising the party and accusing others of being tribalists without knowing that they are the ones inciting tribalism “with their lengthy tribalistic columns”.
Without mentioning names Angula said, “There are some individuals who write columns in newspapers, accusing others of being tribalist, but when you read their articles, they are tribalists themselves. Instead of cautioning people about tribalism, they hold meetings to discuss how to bring others down.”
He went on to sarcastically say, “Stop discussing how to undo others. Use that energy to plant Moringa trees or tomatoes”.
Angula who was speaking at the first series of public lecture of the Swapo Party School and launching of policy document on the topic of the ‘Role of party schools in a multi-party democracy’ in Windhoek on Saturday, also urged his party members and sympathisers to seek reconciliation and to shun the illusory power of vengeance.
”Some people say they only reconcile if their cousins have been appointed as ministers or if they get tenders. Tenders are only given to people who know better,” said Angula.
Speaking on the same occasion, founding President Sam Nujoma remarked that differences of opinion should not result in conflict and violence.
”Our people must respect each other’s opinions and engage in healthy debates. That is what democracy is all about.
”Democracy is the battle of ideas. It is not, and should not be a battle of throwing stones at each other. The war against the white minority apartheid regime of South Africa is now over. We must now fight the war against poverty and ignorance through political education of all our people and focus on national development in line with our stated goals and objectives,” said Nujoma.
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