By Eliaser Ndeyanale
SWAPO secretary general Nangolo Mbumba Tuesday said his party will soon pronounce its position on former deputy minister Bernardus Swartbooi’s involvement in the Landless People’s Movement and his “idiot” remark he made against Lands Minister Utoni Nujoma in the National Assembly last week.
Swartbooi labelled Nujoma stupid and greedy during a parliamentary session in which he also accused President Hage Geingob of making “nonsense statements” in public about land activists.
Speaking at a media briefing on the outcome of the politburo meeting, Mbumba said Swapo does not want its members to belong to any political organisations and formations as that would be in contrast with the ruling party’s constitution.
“The party at an appropriate time will have to pronounce itself. If you want to be one of us, if you want to be a leader in Swapo you are welcome but be a leader only in Swapo. If you want to create your own organisation, your right is guaranteed in the Constitution of Namibia. We don’t allow double membership in Swapo.
“Irrespective of the name you call yourself or your group we don’t want that. It’s your right to demand for the land but let’s wait for the Land Conference to ask the way forward,” he responded when asked on the position of the party regarding Swartbooi’s conduct.
Mbumba also said the politburo had called up on all Namibians irrespective of their social status to always strive for unity and shun tribalism and discrimination.
“The political bureau called upon Swapo party members and leaders to safeguard the party against infiltration and destabilisation.
“Political bureau noted the increasing cry for land by many landless Namibians. The political bureau also noted with concerns the demands for ancestral land. Political bureau also notes the demands for ancestral land,” he said, adding that, “The political bureau felt that Namibia and her resources (land, minerals) belong to all Namibians. None has the right over any of the resources exclusively more than others,” he said
Recently Swapo accused the Landless People’s Movement and Affirmative Repositioning of being political parties and insisted that the movements’ leaders leave the ruling party because they did not fulfil the party’s requirements to be members.
President Hage Geingob, who opened the meeting, called upon the leadership of the party to combat retrogressive tendencies of tribalism, ethnicity, regionalism and personality cults.
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