ONGWEDIVA: President Hifikepunye Pohamba says the Swapo-Party can only remain strong if its members remain united and reject the retrogressive tendencies of tribalism, regionalism and ethnicity.
Pohamba, who is also the President of the Swapo-Party, made these remarks in a statement read on his behalf by the party’s vice-president Dr Hage Geingob on the occasion of the official opening of the 5th congress of the Swapo-Party Elders’ Council at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region on Thursday.
The president also urged members of the Swapo-Party to reject all other destructive tendencies that can divide the Namibian people and destroy the social fabric of the nation.
“We must focus our energy, resources and our creativity on finding solutions to the challenges that face our nation,” the Namibian leader urged.
He pointed out that it will be self-defeating if Swapo-Party members allow themselves to be swayed from the path of fighting for the wellbeing of all Namibian people.
Pohamba went on to say the mission of the Swapo-Party members is to work for the socio-economic development of the nation.
The Head of State wants the Swapo-Party membership to remain true to the ideals of fighting for more social justice and building a better and brighter future for the children of Namibia.
“This must be our motivation as we move closer towards Swapo-Party Congress later this year, where national leaders of our party will be chosen,” said the President, adding that all structures and members should ensure a successful congress at the end of the year.
He reminded the elders of the Swapo-Party that the nation, particularly the youth of Namibia, are looking up to them for guidance in dealing with the many challenges facing the nation today.
“The youth are yearning for guidance in their efforts to resist crime, to prevent teenage pregnancies and in dealing with other challenges of a modern life,” Pohamba noted.
The three-day 5th Swapo-Party Elders’ Council Congress is expected to elect its new leaders during its last session on Saturday.