Let’s campaign in a mature manner: Geingob

OTJINENE; Prime Minister Hage Geingob has urged opposition parties to avoid distorting history when attempting to support their ‘dishonest’ claims that the ruling party has failed the Namibian nation.

Speaking at Otjinene on Saturday during a campaign rally for the local authority elections in Otjinene scheduled for 29 August, Geingob, who also serves as Swapo-Party Vice-President, called such statements “a blatant distortion of facts” as he said Swapo has done a lot for the country since it took over at Independence in 1990.

He admitted that more still needs to be done in the health, education and housing sectors, but said some gains have been recorded in these sectors, contrary to opposition parties’ claim that no development has been achieved.

“When we campaign we must do so in a mature way. It is wrong of a mature adult to blatantly tell lies as a means of raking in votes. We have seen a lot of development in many areas of our economy and it will therefore be wrong and a lie to say nothing has been done. We admit of course that more still needs to be done, we have not reached 100 per cent but we are very close to that,” he said.

The Swapo Vice-President urged the population of Otjinene to flock to the polling stations on 29 August “to bring change in leadership” by electing leaders that best represent their interests.

Hinting at the end-year National Assembly and Presidential Elections, Geingob said it was best to vote for continuity in leadership structures to ensure that Swapo completes some of its outstanding programmes.

“It will be bad for development when leadership is changed before it gets the chance to complete its programmes. Avoid bringing in leaders that may be against progress and would serve as a stumbling block for development,” he said.

Geingob said the country’s leadership needs to be congratulated for maintaining peace and tranquillity, rule of law and democracy in the country. However, he said, people do not eat democracy, rule of law or peace, therefore more needs to be done in the second struggle – that of economic independence.

“People want food. People long for a better life. They do not eat all of these things, but we must realise that development of any kind cannot be realised without peace, democracy and the rule of law,” he said.