Pohamba calls on all political parties to be mature

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Wednesday appealed to political parties here to conduct themselves orderly and peacefully during the general elections slated for November this year.

Pohamba made the call during his welcoming remarks before a closed-door meeting with the leadership of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) at State House.

The RDP delegation comprised of its president Hidipo Hamutenya, vice-president Steve Bezuidenhout, secretary-general Mike Kavekotora, deputy secretary-general Agnes Limbo and Member of the Parliament Anton von Wietersheim.

It has been a tradition of the Namibian leader to consult yearly with political opposition parties, Church leaders, traditional leaders, labour organisations and non-governmental organisation (NGOs).

“I want to see us running campaigns in a peaceful manner. We must try to refrain from physical fights,” he said, adding that he has already made the same appeal to his own party, Swapo.

Pohamba said they should not harm each, because they are not enemies but brothers and sisters.“I want to thank you (Hamutenya) as a leader of the opposition party in this country for the cooperation that you have given directly and indirectly to our country in many ways.

We keep peace going in this country. It is not something that should be attributed to one group of people – it is us all,” he noted, adding that the prevailing peace in the country is an asset to the country and it should be maintained at all times.

Pohamba noted that there are many challenges the country faces which need the government and other stakeholders to come together, hold hands and face those challenges together.

The Head of State then informed his visitors that he will not stand as a candidate in the Presidential Elections.

“I am even happy to note that your affiliate, Republican Party (RP), says it will support Swapo’s candidate. I stood up and said ‘bravo’,” said Pohamba with laughter from his audience.

He also shared with them the news of the passing away of Namibia’s Ambassador to Egypt Andrew Intamba, who died on Tuesday evening in Windhoek’s Mediclinic.

Pohamba also announced then that Intamba’s sister (name not available at the time of writing) also died at about 12h00 on Wednesday.