Hands off Geingob – Swapo coordinators

17 June 2021 | Politics

JEMIMA BEUKES



WINDHOEK

Swapo regional coordinators have come out guns blazing in defence of President Hage Geingob, who was called an ‘idiot’ by former Swapo politburo and central committee member, Kazenambo Kazenambo.

The group of party cadres rallied this week and said Kazenambo’s utterances cannot be left unchallenged.

They are especially aggrieved by his gross violation of the party’s constitution, values and principles, and that he has forgotten his obligations as a party member.

The group is further worried that Kazenambo’s behaviour is not an isolated incident, but that there is in fact a growing trend of party leaders and members disrespecting the party constitution and its leaders.

In a statement issued this week, the group said it is their duty and mandate to form an important line of defence against any abuse or threats against the president of the party, Geingob, and the entire Swapo leadership as well as its rank and file from all the four corners of the country.

“Consistent with that conviction, we don’t accept nor do we take kindly to the reckless insults that were uttered by Kazenambo on 10 June. Insults of that nature are nothing but a flagrant attack on the integrity of the Swapo party and the entire rank and file. Insults or abusive language towards our president are unacceptable, for they amount to insults against all of us as members, supporters and sympathisers of Swapo,” they said.

Blatant attack

“In fact, such insults are a blatant attack against the Namibian people who elected the president of Swapo to be their head of state and commander-in-chief. An insult against our president is an insult against Namibians and the Swapo party,” the coordinators said.

They also urged all party members to stop using matters of national interest to launch personal attacks on the party, government, the president and any other leader to score points and advance personal political ambitions or tribal agendas.

“Under Swapo as the vanguard of the Namibian people in their quest for freedom, these guarantees came at high cost against the apartheid regime, with many of our comrades dying in combat and others suffering immeasurable pain. It is for this reason that we as Swapo cadres are imbued with the special responsibilities to ensure that the Swapo party remains the custodian of peace, stability and cohesion.

“Anyone who seeks to incite Namibians against each other or engage in hate speech and tribalism is working contrary to what the Swapo party stands for,” they said.

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