SIBBINDA: President Hifikepunye Pohamba has urged eligible voters in the Caprivi Region’s Sibbinda Constituency to vote for Swapo-Party candidate Ignatius Chunga.
Speaking during a Swapo-Party star rally held at Sibbinda village situated some 60 kilometres west of Katima Mulilo on Saturday Pohamba, who is also president of the Swapo-Party, said voters should cast their votes for Chunga so that the party can continue to build on the strong foundation laid by late Sibbinda Councillor Felix Mukupi.
Eligible voters in the Sibbinda Constituency go to the polls this Friday to elect their new constituency councillor.
The bi-election was necessitated by the tragic death of Mukupi, who died in a car accident in June this year.
The Swapo-Party President urged all eligible voters to vote for the party’s candidate whose only mission, he said, “is to ensure that service delivery is accelerated in the constituency”.
He also asked all voters to give the ruling party another mandate in order for it to continue with its developmental programmes which were initiated over the years.
Some of the projects initiated by the Swapo-led government, according to Pohamba, include the construction of roads, including the allocation of funds for the upgrading of the roads between Liselo and Linyanti and the Kongola main road.
He stressed that with the construction of that road, residents will benefit immensely in terms of employment creation.
Other programmes highlighted include the provision of potable water, housing, health-care services, as well as rural electrification, which Pohamba said is high on the list of Government’s priorities.
He pointed out that for many years, people in the rural areas did not have access to electricity, saying that this is a situation which the government is determined to change.
“I am happy to note that here in Sibbinda and also at Kanono, all government institutions such as schools, health centres, constituency offices, and the agricultural offices have been connected to the power grid,” the President noted.
Pohamba also encouraged the youth to study mathematics, science and technology-related subjects, saying the country needs these professionals for the achievement of the National Development Plans and Vision 2030.
He then issued a call to all those participating in the election campaigns to conduct their activities in a peaceful and non-violent manner.
“I urge all our members, supporters and sympathisers, and indeed different political groupings participating in the campaign, to exercise restraint at all times. There should be no intimidation,” he pleaded.
Four political parties namely the Swapo-Party; Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA); Congress of Democrats (CoD) and the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) are participating in the Sibbinda Constituency bi-election scheduled for 14 September.