OSHAKATI – Over a thousand former members have rejoined the Swapo Party, according to Vice President Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah. This development was shared during a party rally held at Oshakati Independence Stadium in the Oshana Region on Saturday.
According to Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA), Speaking at the event, Nandi-Ndaitwah attributed the return of these members to the party’s ongoing rally campaign, which commenced nine months ago. She expressed that the influx of returning members demonstrates Swapo’s enduring appeal among Namibians. “Swapo is home, and will always welcome each and every one who wishes to return to their loved party,” she said. This statement underscores Swapo’s inclusive approach, welcoming both new and old members.
Nandi-Ndaitwah emphasized that Swapo, as a party, is committed to representing every Namibian and upholding values such as solidarity, peace, and democracy. She also stressed the party’s role in ensuring the country’s economic independence, which she believes is achievable through unity. Highlighting the importance of cohesion, Nandi-Ndaitwah mentioned that divisions must be avoided to facilitate national development.
Reflecting on the party’s last elective congress and subsequent rallies across Namibia’s 14 regions, she noted that these events have been instrumental in understanding the needs of the people and addressing development issues. However, Nandi-Ndaitwah acknowledged that the aftermath of the 2022 congress saw some divisions within the party, a situation she described as normal but cautioned against the refusal by some to accept the congress’s outcome.
The Oshana Region’s rally marked a significant moment for Swapo, as Nandi-Ndaitwah described the region as having a rich political history. In support of her leadership, Swapo party regional coordinator, Werner Iita, declared Nandi-Ndaitwah as their sole presidential candidate for the 2024 elections, expressing complete confidence in her leadership. “Politically, Oshana is stable and we are ready to face any political negative waves vigorously,” Iita stated.
Iita also made it clear that the notion of an extra congress is firmly rejected by the party, reiterating their support for Nandi-Ndaitwah, who was elected at the previous year’s congress. This stance indicates the party’s commitment to its current leadership and the decisions made during the last congress.