By Eliaser Ndeyanale
FORMER education minister David Namwandi has urged Namibians not to start criticising the Swapo Party School (SPS) as it is also a centre of education like any other institution of higher learning.
Namwandi said the school was set up to train and teach the history of the country and the role the party played before and after independence. It will also ideologically shape the minds of party members especially the youth.
“It’s an institution just like any other institution in the country; soon we will reap the fruits of the institution,” he said.
The proposal for the SPS which is deemed by detractors as a Marxist Leninism institution was first mooted at the 2002 SWAPO party congress. The task was then given to the former Swapo secretary for information and mobilisation, Hidipo Hamutenya who sat on the project for several years.
Marxist Leninism supports the idea of a vanguard party, one-party state, state-dominance over the economy, internationalism, opposition to bourgeois democracy, and opposition to capitalism. It remains the official ideology of the ruling parties of China, Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam, and was the official ideology of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the other ruling parties making up the Eastern bloc.
Asked why he had decided to sponsor the school by giving away his property from which SPS is operating from, Namwandi , also founder and owner of the International University of Management, said he was a cadre of the ruling party and he throws his weight behind what he believes is right.
“I see nothing wrong with that. I support what I believe is right,” he said adding that if need arises he would start giving lectures at the school on voluntary basis.
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