By Eliaser Ndeyanale
AS SWAPO prepares to elect a new party leadership at its elective congress scheduled for later this year, President Hage Geingob has implored would be contenders not to launch their mobilisation trials yet saying they will be informed when to start campaigning.
Speaking at his party’s rally held in Keetmanshoop on Saturday, Geingob said people should exercise patient and wait until they are informed that they can commence with campaigning.
He said that although it is people’s rights to campaign, they should ensure that they conduct themselves in a “dignified manner”.
“The SWAPO party congress will take place. Some people have already started campaigning. Until then, people should wait because one does not want to sprint a marathon and run out of steam before crossing the finish line.
“Swapo will always promote nation building. There are many Namibians who claim that they are not represented or that they are underrepresented in Government … SWAPO will always espouse the ideal of One Namibia – One Nation.”
Reiterating his 2017 signatory word ‘Rededication’, Geingob said, “ Let us rededicate ourselves to unite the people of Namibia, irrespective of race, religion, sex, or ethnic origin into a democratic, vibrant and peace-loving nation, to defend and protect Namibia’s hard-won freedom and independence, to foster a sense of common purpose and collective destiny among Namibian people, to combat retrogressive tendencies of tribalism, ethnicity, nepotism, racism, sexism, chauvinism, regionalism, personality cult.”
He also urged his party members to instil in fellow compatriots a spirit of patriotism to develop in them the consciousness that they are the masters of their own destiny. Furthermore, he admonished them to educate the people to uphold Namibia’s emblems which constitute the symbols of the country’s sovereignty, the Constitution, the national flag, the national anthem, the coat of arms.
The President also advised his party members to promote the development of the culture of the Namibian people through the reconstruction of the nation’s system of education, the encouragement of cultural exchanges with other nations as well as incentives to Namibians who show potential for technological and artistic creativity, to ensure that Namibia works, on the one hand, in close cooperation with other African states, and to advance the cause of African unity to promote world peace and security.
He also called on the nation to help in the fight against under development, poverty, illiteracy and disease, to promote accelerated economic development and to create a balance and inter linkages between the primary and the secondary sectors of our economy in order to promote self-reliance and the upliftment of the standard of living of the vast majority of the Namibians.
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