Windhoek – Namibia’s ruling SWAPO Party this week marked 61 years of existence, with its leader, President Hage Geingob, calling for consolidation of the gains attained since Independence in 1990 and continued creation of opportunities for all segments of the population.
In a message marking the milestone for the revolutionary party, President Geingob underscored the need for investment in economic development, unity, justice and equality.
“As the SWAPO Party of Namibia, we have come a long way, having led and emerged victorious from a bitter and long struggle for Independence. We have continued to lead Namibians over the past three decades with utmost devotion to the tasks of unity, development and progress.
“Therefore, this 61st anniversary serves as the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves to never forget our difficult journey and to pay homage to those who sacrificed, fought and died for our freedom,” President Geingob, who is Namibia’s Head of State and Government, said.
He said the anniversary provided an occasion to reflect on SWAPO’s unwavering leadership and quest for the political and economic emancipation of all Namibians and the agenda to build “a united, inclusive and prosperous Namibian House”.
“Our anniversary is also an occasion for the SWAPO Party to once again recommit to our founding principles and enduring values of solidarity, unity, freedom and justice. Indeed, our anniversary, in the fourth decade of our Independence is a window to think and plan implementation for the journey ahead as we march towards economic independence.”
President Geingob said SWAPO had made strides in reducing extreme poverty in Namibia, and reaffirmed his party’s commitment to build on this towards universal poverty eradication.
“As we look forward into the future with hope, we should acknowledge as the SWAPO Party that our successive leadership and Governments reduced poverty from 70 percent in 1993 to 18 percent in 2016. It is the SWAPO Party Government which has ensured that we are nation at peace. Ninety percent of learners are in school, more health facilities are being built and that we have the best roads in Africa. We cannot deny the fact that COVID-19 poses material risks to the developmental gains of the past 31 years.
“However, as Namibians, and as committed cadres of the SWAPO Party, we should stand united with the Government that we lead in order to minimise the health and socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 through continued purposeful interventions and an economic recovery programme under the Harambee Prosperity Plan II,” he said.
He added: “If our past of successful execution of the liberation mandate is a guidepost, we shall continue fulfilling the noble mission of creating conditions for all Namibians to excel and to prosper in a free and peaceful country. Indeed, our SWAPO Party manifesto of 2019 provides the basis for a Government blueprint for hard work, effective governance, service delivery, and a future of prosperity for all Namibians.
“As we celebrate our 61st anniversary, we should do so with the understanding that we all have a duty to collectively contribute to the development and peaceful advancement of an organised, modernised and well-governed Namibia.”
He called for unity of purpose in building a greater Namibia.
“Let us all put shoulder to the wheel and work with determination for our national aspirations as envisioned in Vision 2030, the SWAPO Party manifesto and the Second Harambee Prosperity Plan. As we harness the full potential of Namibians, let us continue to promote the values of solidarity, unity, tolerance and justice,” said President Geingob.