SWAPO should not be allowed to be taken out of balance by those that are trying to destroy the party.
Vice-president of Swapo, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah called on leaders at all levels not to allow the former liberation movement to be taken out of balance by emerging detractors.
Nandi-Ndaitwah made these remarks at Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region on Saturday while addressing a meeting where International Women’s Day (IWD) was celebrated. The meeting coincided with the last ordinary meeting of the Swapo Party Women’s Council (SPWC) members elected in 2016.
She told those in attendance that Namibia’s political situation is now characterised by disturbing evils such as negativity, character assassination, and dishonesty.
“Detractors are hard at work trying to drag Swapo through the mud by instigating fighting amongst groups within the ruling party,” Nandi-Ndaitwah said.
She believes Swapo remains the people’s party if everybody in its leadership consults with the party’s membership from the section to branch level to adhere to the spirit of solidarity, freedom, and justice.
Swapo, according to Nandi-Ndaitwah, remains relevant once its leaders are serving members with correct information and alert them to misinformation being disseminated against the party via social media.
Nandi-Ndaitwah, who is also the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation used the same meeting to call on Swapo leaders, in the position of responsibility in both the party and government, to shun individualistic aspirations and corruption.
“The time will come for dishonest leaders as well as those given national responsibilities, but those failing to deliver or ensuring that the party remains relevant will be held accountable,” she warned.
Despite accusations of Swapo leaders involved in corrupt activities, such as the infamous Fishrot scandal, Nandi-Ndaitwah stressed that none of Swapo’s woman leaders is linked to the alleged corruption.
“As we celebrate International Women’s Day this year, African women have made history in the world by becoming the first female chief of the World Trade Organisation. Our sister Ngozi Okonyo-Olweela is the first female and the first African to lead the organisation,” stated the SPWC secretary Eunice Iipinge at the event.
This year’s Women’s Day was celebrated this year under the theme “We are strong: Women leading the fight against COVID-19”.