Nandi-Ndaitwah party unity, growth, youth empowerment

This is the full, wide-ranging interview Confidente had with the Swapo vice president Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, who also serves as international relations minister. Nandi-Ndaitwah spoke about the historical significance of unity and acknowledged the difficulties presented by the youth’s worries about the nation’s economic development and job prospects.

Honourable Vice President, thank you very much for this opportunity to one-on-one with you. Since you were elected Vice President and president in waiting for the Republic of Namibia, we have been eager to have your views and reflections on the future of our country. You have spoken a lot about unity within the Swapo Party. How is this going on, and are you convinced that the party is now going ahead as one?

NNN: I have been talking about unity, and this is not the first time you have had party leaders emphasizing the importance of unity. It has always been a message that has to go across our members now and even in the future.

Whatever we achieved, even during the liberation struggle, was because we were united. This has been a guiding principle we got from our founding President [Sam Nujoma]. Unity is the biggest enabler for any institution, including the Swapo party, if we have to succeed.