Windhoek – SWAPO President and Namibian Head of State Dr Hage Geingob has called on the party rank and file to unite and focus implementing strategies that improve the national economy.
At the ruling party’s Central Committee meeting this week, Dr Geingob called to order a section that has been lobbying for dismantling of the party’s leadership via unorthodox means.
“Some, we understand are also going around collecting signatures to remove the elected President of the SWAPO Party. It is sad that those who profess to know the tradition and culture of the SWAPO Party and are crediting themselves as cadres of high ideological standing and discipline, today engage in such copycat and reactionary activities which they obviously have borrowed from the happenings in our neighbour, South Africa.
“Unbeknown to them, unlike in South Africa, where the President who is elected by Parliament can constitutionally be removed through a recall, in Namibia this is not the case.
“In Namibia the President must be impeached by parliament, with a two-third majority, if he or she has contravened the given provisions of the Office. The President is directly elected by the sovereigns in Namibia and can only be removed by them through a national Presidential election, by not being re-elected in favour of someone else. In my case, my term is fixed from March 21, to March 20, 2025, therefore this crazy idea of recall is not applicable to me,” Dr Geingob said.
He said anyone was free to challenge for leadership through the proper channels and structures.
“It is only in situations where people have no opportunity to participate in the democratic process of periodic elections, that the only option for change may be via a coup d’état. But since in Namibia we have elections every five years, let those who plan to assume leadership wait their turn, contest and come through via the polls, if successful.
Dr Geingob said he would continue to fulfil his popular and constitutional mandate “with firm determination and clarity of vision, to the best of my abilities, strength and convictions in accordance with the oath I made, in the social contract which I have entered into, with the members of the SWAPO Party and the people of Namibia, for the remainder of my term”.
He called for the ruling party and its leadership to introspect on areas where shortcomings had been noted in terms of delivering on the development agenda.