YESTERDAY marked 57 years since the establishment of the Swapo Party, which has been at the forefront of transforming Namibia into the country it is today.
From the days of the liberation struggle, to its incumbency as the ruling party of the nation, Swapo has an illustrious history, which has seen it largely survive the malignancy that has engulfed other former liberation movements.
There may be talk of tension, ahead of the ruling party elective congress later this year, but Swapo’s history suggests that it will emerge united and focused on the tasks ahead.
This is displayed by the cordial relationship being enjoyed by current President Hage Geingob, and his predecessors, Founding President Sam Nujoma and former President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
They have proved time and time again that they put the country first, when it comes to putting their heads together to solve national challenges.
They in fact met this week, under the banner of the Presidential Advisory Council, established by Geingob in 2015, to safeguard the wisdom of the former presidents, and so they can assist the incumbent with finding solutions to the nation’s unfolding challenges
This week’s meeting, following a first council gathering in March last year, also reminded us that under Swapo, Namibia has seen the peaceful transition of power from president to president.
An atmosphere of peace has also prevailed since Independence on March 21 1990.
As we turned back the clock to April 19 1960, this week, we remembered how Swapo has led the battle against the despicable contract worker system during apartheid and how the battle for liberation is still celebrated across the globe.
Despite facing its own internal challenges, the party’s legacy is still firmly intact.
It is for this reason that it should be proud to celebrate its anniversary, while at the same time calling its members and supporters to rededicate themselves to joining hands with all the country’s citizens, in efforts to create a better life for all.
Confronting the obstacles facing the country is not easy. Problems are complex and need sober, focused actions.
Populism thrives on slogans, when what is needed is to mobilise people to achieve planned results.
Swapo has done well over the years to combat despair and lift those citizens who are going through the challenges of poverty and joblessness.
Under the current Swapo administration, we have seen real political will to take the country forward and build the so-called Namibian House, which is a home for all.
Despite disruptive forces, which have the capacity to derail progressive reforms within the party, and are exploit the vulnerability of the younger generation, the path remains clear.
Of course, in the Namibian House, there will be robust debate and differences, but we should jealousy guard the heritage of the past, while moving ahead to the victories of the future.
This week, we also remembered that our freedom came at a price, and that many comrades paid with their lives and limbs.
The unity exhibited by these cadres, regardless of their race, tribe, religion or class should motivate our efforts to build a united, prosperous nation, devoid of ethnic or parochial divisions.
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