WINDHOEK, OCT. 2 – While Namibia’s on-going second Land Conference commenced, it was a banner wielded by Landless People Movement’s (LPM) Henny Seibeb that seemingly caught attention.
Seibeb was captured holding up a placard with expletives directed toward Head of State, Hage Geingob – in what has been classified as his Constitutional right by LPM spokesperson Utaara Uti Mootu – which sparked a vitriolic response from Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL).
A statement issued by the Youth League condemned Seibeb’s, action, labeling them as : “derogatory and insulting remarks presented on the poster…”
SPYL further labeled his action a “failed demonstration against the legitimate second National Land Conference and also his (Seibeb) utterances on social media on Monday, 1st October 2018. Likewise, the SWAPO Party Youth League rejects and condemn in strongest terms the remarks uttered by Mr. Clinton Swartbooi in a circulated video clip.”
When contacted, under-fire Seibeb was unavailable for comment and said :”I’m in class” and referred this reporter to Mootu, who explained that Seibeb was within his rights to express himself.
“Mr Seibeb has every right to express himself freely according to the Constitution…He is within his rights. Does he speak for LPM? He is a member, but his views do not reflect our stance. It is his point of view, and that is something we as a citizenry must respect because it is within is Constitutional right,” she said.
SPYLs statement said: “Due to lack of sympathy and public support, coupled with frustration, ignorance and arrogance, these cohorts turned their anger towards the Head of State Comrade Dr. Hage G. Geingob and First Family, Statesmen and other National Leaders, by issuing derogative remarks towards our respected Leaders.”
Turning to the outcome of expression, the statement added: “Such behaviour is indeed unacceptable and can no longer be tolerated. We are tired of provocative and irresponsible conducts of people who seem to have lost their common sense and respect of elders.” – NDN Staffer