We have renewed Swapo – Geingob
By Hilary Mare
A PROCESS of renewal has taken place in Swapo and the party will do justice to the mandate of service delivery without any excuses if voted for in the coming regional and local authority elections, President Hage Geingob has said.
Addressing delegates at the launch of Swapo’s election campaign this past weekend, Geingob noted that party results in the recent parliamentary and presidential elections were not up to the expected standard but following introspection the party has put in place corrective measures to enable party cadres to deliver basic services to Namibians.
“In July 2020, we held the historic first post-mortem discussions regarding our performance. From the candid discussions, we concluded among others that we have fallen short in some instances on service delivery in the areas of housing, sanitation, education, health and other issues in cities, towns and villages. Some of our councillors have not been able to deliver on the bread and butter issues at the regional council and local authority levels. This led to the reduced votes during the 2020 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
“At the party level, we realised that some of the comrades we have entrusted with the regional councils and local authorities did not possess the needed skills and qualifications to deliver on the bread and butter issues in communities. Therefore, during the recent internal party elections, we ensured that young and qualified party cadres, from both genders, were elected to contest in the November elections,” Geingob said.
Geingob went on to say that for six decades, Swapo has carried the torch of unity, liberty and justice in the interest of all Namibians.
“The Swapo party machine, which we are starting to ignite today, is a powerful and resilient machine, baptised in the extreme heat of the crucibles of the heroic struggle for Namibia’s independence. For 60 years, Swapo has served the people of Namibia well, by delivering on the mandate of independence, development, unity, peace and stability.
“As we enter this campaign, no one can say that we have not changed the face of our cities, towns and villages. The Namibia of today is markedly different from the one we inherited at independence. Windhoek is not the same city we found at independence. Katutura did not have tarred roads, it did not have lights and many services were not available to the majority black population. It is therefore disingenuous, if not sinful to say that nothing has been done,” explained Geingob further adding that party wings, rank and file members, supporters, and sympathisers are all united with the objective of winning the elections resoundingly, and to deliver prosperity to all Namibians.