Who is the next SWAPO president?

POLITICAL frictions within the ruling party Swapo party do not in any way show any sense of political maturity ahead of the party’s 5thCongress slated for November 29 to December 2.

Editor , Risco Mashete Lumamezi

Through the party’s major organs ,the politburo and the central committee , the revolutionary party has indicated that Vice Party President Hage Geingob, Party Secretary-General Pendukeni  Ivula-Ithana and Minister of Regional and Local Government Jerry Ekandjo are going to contest for the second most highest position, that of party Vice President. Whoever emerges the winner will contest in the 2014 national elections and subsequently become President of the country.

Swapo as a revolutionary party that liberated Namibia is still regarded by the majority of Namibians as a hot cake, but this should not stop it from ensuring that all ethnic tribes in Namibia get the opportunity to govern this country, that’s why we feel Geingob should this time be given a chance to lead this great country.

Ivula-Ithana and Ekanjo are all Oshiwambo the same tribe were President Hifikepunye Pohamba and his predecessor Founding Father Sam Nujoma originate from hence our strong conviction that the button should be passed to candidates from other tribes this time around.

Many Namibians are hoping and expecting to vote for change when Pohamba steps down and we hope that for the sake of oneness and unity the Swapo congress will vote for a Vice-President that reflects the many colours-ethnic tribes of our nation, in that they vote for someone of Geingob of Damara origin.

We would like to applaud President Pohamba for preaching peace and unity among party leaders and members, as he will not allow divisions to avoid a repeat of events in 2004 when his challenger, Hidipo Hamutenya left Swapo and  went on to form his own political party which is now the official opposition in the National Assembly.

Hage is the rightful choice to succeed Pohamba if the party wants to follow examples of other revolutionary parties like the ANC in South Africa.

Geingob deserves to be given this opportunity to prove that he can deliver not because of his ethnicity or that he is second in seniority but simply because he is capable and his track record is there for all of us to see. Geingob is also well learned, well versed with the socio-economic problems riddling Namibians, and has served this country on so many platforms among other many reasons.

We are calling on the Swapo Youth League to give him the support he deserves and Elijah Ngurare who retained his position as Secretary General of SPYL should not be the stumbling block for Geingob.

However Ivula-Ithan also is a good candidate for the position if Namibia is ready to be led by a female president like in Liberia and Malawi in Africa.






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