Shun independent candidate: Nandi-Ndaitwah

Vice-President of Swapo and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah called on members, supporters and sympathisers of the party to shun an independent presidential candidate political ideology.

Nandi-Ndaitwah made the call whilst addressing Swapo political rally held at the Helao Nafidi Town in the Ohangwena Region on Sunday.

She was referring to a Swapo member and one of founding lecturers of the party's school, Dr Panduleni Itula, who on Friday registered with the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) as an independent presidential candidate in the election due to take place in the country on 27 November.

Nandi-Ndaitwah referred to an independent candidate as Ondjaba yOlupangi, an Oshiwambo phrasing for a stray Elephant.

Beware of Ondjaba yOlupangi, it is dangerous and destroys, stated the Swapo Vice-President, while on the other hand emphasising that President Hage Geingob is the sole Swapo presidential candidate for the upcoming election.

She used the same meeting to encourage the electorate to renew the ruling Swapo Party mandate to govern the country for the coming five years, by voting for Geingob and the party's parliamentary candidates during the elections on 27 November.

Nandi-Ndaitwah noted that Swapo deserved another mandate from the Namibian electorate for having recorded lots of achievements in terms of socio-economic development of the country such as development of a combined 1 350-kilometre (km) roads to bitumen standard and 800km gravel roads across the country.

Former Swapo and Namibia president Hifikepunye Pohamba told the same meeting the party's members during an electoral college held in Windhoek a few months ago has unanimously chosen Geingob as their sole presidential candidate.

Pohamba singled out constructions of the railway at Oshikango and Omafo-Okalongo-Outapi road as some of tangible developmental projects that the Swapo-led government has achieved at the Helao Nafidi Town.

Down Itula-down, shouted the chairperson of the Swapo national leaders assigned to the Ohangwena Region and Deputy Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Lucia Witbooi, while introducing Nandi-Ndaitwah as the meeting's main speaker.

Witbooi believes there is no space for an independent candidate in the Ohangwena Region.

Source: Namibia Press Agency