President Hage Geingob on Saturday urged young people to refrain from causing tension between himself and founding president Sam Nujoma. Geingob said this while addressing the relatively poorly attended 56th celebration of the Swapo Party in the capital.
Around 2 000 people, including officials and party leaders, gathered at the Katutura Multi-Purpose Stadium to celebrate the party’s 56th anniversary.
“Where have you been when we were protecting him? Where were you young people? Where were you?” asked repeatedly.
He said he and the founding president come a long way and there is nothing critics can do to strain this relationship. Geingob also expressed his disappointment over the poor attendance at the party’s birthday celebration.
“Since the event is poorly attended my speech will also be short,” Geingob said, adding that next time he will form part of the organising committee to avoid similar disappointment.
Geingob also touched on the issue of freedom, saying the freedom Namibians enjoy today is because of the ruling Swapo Party.
“I hear young people today talking about freedom of the press. Who brought that freedom?” he asked. “The freedom of press we enjoy today is because of the Swapo Party,” he answered.
He said upon assuming power, the Swapo-led government drafted the Constitution to firmly safeguard the liberties and freedoms for which it had fought and many had died.
Geingob said Swapo is the party that stood for the unification of all Namibians and Swapo is the party that stands for the economic emancipation of all Namibians. “We look back at our illustrious history and noteworthy achievements and we look forward towards more success,” he said. He said his party won independence, achieved reconciliation and consolidated peace and unity under the leadership of Nujoma and former president Hifikepunye Pohamba.
“Now under the leadership of yours truly, we march on towards prosperity through the spirit of Harambee,” he said.
He said the Harambee Prosperity Plan and its five pillars provide the blueprint to fast-track the country’s drive towards shared prosperity and the eradication of poverty. Swapo regional coordinator for Khomas, Elliot Mbako, who was tasked with organising the event was not available for comment, as he was attending a Swapo Central Committee meeting on Sunday.