We are not afraid of Itula – Amukwiyu

By Eliaser Ndeyanale

OSHIKOTO regional coordinator of Swapo Party Armas Amukwiyu said the ruling party is not shaken by its supposed member Dr Panduleni Itula, who is running for president as an independent candidate.

Speaking to Confidente last Thursday after the Swapo star rally in Omuthiya, Amukwiyu said the party is not just confident of winning the election next week Thursday, but will make sure that its presidential candidate, Dr Hage Geingob is elected and commences his second term of office in March next year.

“We are engaging the eligible voters as Swapo leadership to explain the aims and objectives and party’s election manifesto to tell what is in it for them as eligible voters to vote for Swapo party and its presidential candidate.

“Therefore, all that we are going to do is to intensify our approach and campaign strategies by explaining what we stand for. And we have a track record of what we’ve been doing for the past years.

“That’s exactly what we are going to explain to the people. We have, for instance, village to village campaign strategies. We have got many rallies in each and every village and in all structures of the regions. It has been working. It has been proven that it’s [effective] to engage people on a one-on-one basis and by addressing them through big gatherings such as this. This is just to demonstrate that we have got strength and we are in touch with our people.”

Confidente asked for his opinion on the prospects of the independent candidate, Amukwiyu, who was part of a faction that called itself Team Swapo in the run-up to a divisive Swapo elective congress in 2017, where Itula was also one of the key figures.

“I’m not moved and not scared, for I know as the regional coordinator for Oshikoto, this region is one of the strongholds of the Swapo party and I know I am in touch with the people, they have not given me no reasons to doubt [they intend] to vote for the party and its candidate,” he said.   

Amukwiyu, who ran for party secretary general position in 2017, stunned the Team Swapo, who wanted to remove Geingob from the party leadership when he subsequently apologized to Geingob this year over comments he had made against the president during a presidential town hall meeting at Omuthiya.

Speaking at the star rally this week, Amukwiyu strongly urged party members, sympathisers and supporters to vote for the ruling party and its presidential candidate. He said the party is facing attacks from enemies, therefore members and supporters need to defend it.

“We should stand behind the mighty Swapo and its candidate Dr Hage Geingob so that we can deliver the desired results in the election of 27 November.”