Swapo Elders Urged to Write Books

THE Swapo Party Elders’ Council has called on all its members to write books about their experiences during the liberation struggle.

Newly elected secretary of the organisation, Mukwaita Shanyengana, yesterday said their just-ended extraordinary congress resolved that the elders should share their experiences with the youth. Shanyenga said the elders had assured President Hifikepunye Pohamba that they are aware of the important role the elderly people of Namibia can play in contributing to the national reconstruction, economic development and the education of the young generation.

He further said they will continue to be the custodians of knowledge for the benefit of Namibia and Swapo.

“It is our call that all elders should write books about their lives and experiences, so that we bequeath it to the current and future generations of our respective families, communities and regions,” said Shanyengana.

He added that, as individuals, they will all die but the ideals of Swapo must never die with the elders, hence it is important to record their history.

So far only a handful of political leaders have written books on their life experiences and their role in the liberation struggle. Former President Sam Nujoma and former deputy Prime Minister Libertina Amathila are perhaps the most prominent post independence Namibians to have published their life stories. The Swapo elders also resolved that they will vigorously campaign for party vice-president Hage Geingob to win the country’s next presidential elections resoundingly.

The extraordinary congress was called to elect a replacement for late Frederick Matongo, who was the secretary until he died late last year. Shanyengana, who was Matongo’s deputy, has now been elevated to secretary, while Mary Masule was elected deputy secretary.

Source : The Namibian