'Vote for yourself'- Geingob

24 June 2019 | Politics

President Hage Geingob on Saturday said young people must stop crying for positions and start voting themselves into power.

Speaking at the Swapo Party School's first graduation ceremony, Geingob said his generation fought for their own positions.

According to him there are not that many long-serving members in parliament, and that there are only four long-serving party members in parliament.

“Now somebody says 'give the young people a chance'. Who is going to give you a chance? Who gave us the chance when were young?” he said under loud applause from graduates.

The president further pointed out that the biggest threat to the party's existence is not from political opposition, but self-serving Swapo members.

“The threats to Swapo do not come from opposition parties but from economic realities as well as internal upheaval caused by the pursuit of personal interests. These factors leave many of our cadres open to exploitation by external enemies who do not have the interests of our people at heart,” he said.

Geingob added that the party has over the last 60 years entrenched a legacy of leadership and has always prioritised the grooming of young cadres for future leadership roles. It has also ensured that its cadres receive the requisite education.

“I am confident that the Swapo Party School has the potential to become an institution of similar influence and that through this inaugural graduation, we are witnessing an intensified level of grooming, which will produce robust and capable party leaders for the future,” he said.

JEMIMA BEUKES

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