MARIENTAL, 28 APR – The Swapo party on Saturday celebrated the 58th anniversary in Mariental in the Hardap Region at an event attended by close to 800 people.
Although the build up to the event was slow, the jovial crowd lifted the roof of the Mariental Showgrounds upon the arrival of the Swapo party president, Hage Geingob.
Delivering his keynote address, Geingob said the party does not exist onn tribal grounds as many believed it to be, but rather on an all-encompassing basis.
“People are saying the Swapo party is for Ovambos only, but it is not true. We had leaders such as Moses ||Garoëb, Kerina Mburuma, Nathanael Maxuilili and Emil Apollus only to name but a few. They were not Oshiwambo, so people saying those things are not telling the truth and I reject and disagree with it,” Geingob said.
He said non-Oshiwambo people from other parties are joining Swapo because it is the party for the people.
“People should not confuse Swapo with other groupings as we are trendsetters. Our party implemented the 50/50 gender representation and we are well on track with your support,” Geingob said.
He said the economic disparity is a serious problem faced by the people and the party is on course to address inequality through New Equitable Economic Empowerment Framework (NEEEF.)
He urged every Namibian to share with those that are not as successful. The President also urged companies in Namibia to empower their employees to own shares in the company.
“We should remember that we have rich black people among us and we need to share with those who have nothing,” Geingob remarked.
Geingob put his money where his mouth is and donated N. dollars 50 000 to the Hardap Swapo, saying preaching about sharing with others should be followed up with action.
“I preached about sharing and now me and my wife hereby donate N. dollars 50 000 to the Hardap party,” Geingob said.