Geingob meets with Otjozondjupa Swapo leadership

OTJIWARONGO; Swapo-Party vice-president Hage Geingob met with the party’s Otjozondjupa regional leadership on Monday to discuss their plans for a successful political campaign this year.

Geingob, who is also Namibian Prime Minister, told the Otjozondjupa leadership at the party’s regional office in Otjiwarongo that he intends to visit all 14 regions ahead of the political campaigns for the Presidential and National Assembly elections, which take place in November this year.

He said the party will pronounce itself on when active campaigning will start after its Electoral College takes place in Windhoek from 29 to 31 August this year.

Namibians who are 18 years and older are expected to vote for their preferred presidential candidates and members of the National Assembly during the upcoming elections.

Geingob spoke to the Swapo-Party members on how to go about their political-party campaigns in order to win the elections.

“We should campaign by telling people what we (Swapo-Party) have done for them in the past 24 years,” he said.

The vice-president noted that the general public as voters should be reminded of the democracy, peace and infrastructural development which the Swapo-Party had brought to the country.

He was, however, quick to mention that the Government is fully aware that people in the regions “do not eat peace, democracy, roads or buildings, but they eat food to sustain their lives”.

Geingob is likely to be nominated as the party’s candidate for the presidential election.

He said if he is elected president during the elections, he will see to it that the majority of Namibians have access to housing, enough food, hospital facilities and a conducive environment for their business activities.

He also talked about the Third Constitutional Amendment Bill, which was tabled in the National Assembly on 12 August this year.

The Bill, amongst others, seeks to establish a position of vice-president, and also to increase the seats of parliamentarians from 72 to 96.

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other opposition political parties have opposed the amendments.

The proposed amendments to the constitution were drafted by the Law Reform and Development Commission (LRDC).

Geingob countered on Monday that the amendments to the constitution are aimed at strengthening the operations of government.

He said he personally held consultative meetings with several political parties in connection with the proposed amendments, adding that the political parties did not object to the proposed amendments during those meetings.

“Only Swanu of Namibia representatives kept on extending the date for our consultative meetings, but the rest even suggested to us what to add, which they are now disputing.

It is a shame, they are liars and don’t vote for them,” he charged.

The Swapo-Party’s Secretary-General (SG), Nangolo Mbumba and several other national leaders assigned to the Otjozondjupa Region attended the meeting.

Some business people from the region who were in attendance then pledged to financially support the party’s political campaigns.