By Herold Stanley Binda and Romanus Shampapi Shiremo
WHAT a sweet and clean runaway victory for Team Harambee!
The Swapo Party, in particular, and Namibian nation, in general, is visibly in a celebratory mood, for their prayers have been answered in the name of a sweeping victory by Team Harambee at the just-ended Swapo Sixth Ordinary Elective Congress in Windhoek’s Safari Court Hotel.
Finally, not only can His Excellency President Dr Hage Geingob and his chosen running mates breathe a sigh of relief, but also the entire rank and file and the leadership of the Swapo Party and the nation at large have so much to celebrate for this victory.
Swapo Party delegates during the just-concluded congress have demonstrated political maturity and a sense of forward-looking for the sake of unity and posterity of the Namibian nation.
The delegates and all those with voting rights have proven that their conscience is to preserve the unity of the party and the country, and could not easily be bought with promises of cash, positions or tribal patronage, in the form of promises for tenders. Thus, Team Harambee – led by Swapo Party president elect Dr Hage Geingob, Swapo vice-president Right Honourable Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, secretary-general (SG) Honourable Sophia Shaningwa and the deputy SG Marco Hausiku must be congratulated for conducting a clean campaign, that was free from personal attacks and mudslinging, which characterised the campaign of the opposing team.
The nation, in general, and the delegates to the Sixth Swapo Congress, in particular, deserve a more deafening applause and congratulations for remaining steadfast to choose the side which valued truth, unity, selflessness and visionary leadership, over narrow interests of power-hunger, greed, entitlement, tribalism and jealousy.
Team Harambee’s message, focusing on the programmes it intended to implement when given the mandate by the congress, resonated well with the nation and the delegates, as could be witnessed by spontaneous crowds of people from all walks of life who flocked to attend its cluster meetings with delegates.
From the Great Kunene region, followed by the Erongo region and all the other regions, President Hage Geingob and his slate was received as Hollywood stars, with praise and ululation, for the message of hope they carried for the Namibian House and for promoting the continuation of the Swapo legacy.
To win, in the manner in which Team Harambee won the Sixth Ordinary Elective Congress, proved once again that political expediency, opportunism and tribal mobilisation, which was common during the apartheid regime, are now left in the past, and that the Namibian nation will not go back to that era.
The new Namibia, as illustrated by the one-bullet victory of Team Harambee, is the Namibia that Founding Father and Founding President Dr Sam Nujoma, second President Hifikepunye Pohamba and many other sons and daughters of the Namibian revolution has envisioned, during the struggle for independence, which is a Namibia where a Namibian will be judged by the content of his/her character, and not the colour or the tribe from which a person was born from.
In their sound minds, the delegates to the Sixth Swapo Elective Ordinary Congress have resoundingly rejected the strange notion to liberation movements of “two centres of power”, and chose one centre of power and one president, in the name of Dr Hage Geingob.
The delegates also wholeheartedly accepted his pleas to give him his whole slate, and now party cohesion is expected, since the slate was chosen after protracted consultation, and based on their proven track records of teamwork and their spirit of collective leadership.
From now on, the nation and delegates who voted for Team Harambee expect the elected leadership to do the right thing and not develop cold feet, when it comes to taking decisive actions against those who want to bring down the Swapo Party, and the nation at large, just because they have lost in this election.
Instead of the winner always extending open hands to bring the losers into the fold, they must show cause as to why they must not be excluded, if they still stand by their campaign message based on personal insults, tribalism and distortions of facts. Namibia and the Swapo in particular, cannot further afford to have in its fold forces of division who suffer from a seizure of ‘Savimbi Syndrome’.
The victorious leadership must continue to preach a message of unity of purpose, to unite the party, which has been temporarily divided by this exercise of intra-party democratic practice, but must also remain vigilant to keep the forces of tribalism, power-hunger, entitlement and greed at bay, as these are vestiges have reared their ugly heads, during the campaign leading up to the just-ended congress. The losers must accept their defeat, and in return, the nation and the Swapo Party family must embrace them and forge ahead into the future.
As independent observers, we would like therefore to join the nation in congratulating Team Harambee – President Geingob, Nandi-Ndaitwah, Shaningwa and Hausiku – for a well-deserved victory! We must never be ashamed to shout at the top of our lungs, One Namibia, One Nation! One Centre of Power! One President!
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