Nandi-Ndaitwah ready to claim two-thirds majority in parliament

Hertta-Maria Amutenja

Vice-President of the Swapo Party, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah expressed optimism that the party would triumph and regain its two-thirds majority in parliament, after the 2024 Presidential and National Elections.

Nandi-Ndaitwah made this statement during the opening of the SWAPO Party Elder’s Council central committee meeting. Her statement was read on her behalf by Swapo Secretary General Sophia Shaningwa.

“As your Presidential candidate I am ready, come 2024 elections I am ready and committed to working with all of you to make Namibia the best place for Namibians and for all to live in. I believe we all want the Swapo Party candidate to win decisively and for us to claim back our two third majority in the forthcoming elections. I believe that we all are ready to work together,” she said.

Nandi-Ndaitwah stated that the party’s current task is to maintain its position as a significant player in Namibian politics.

“The task facing our party today is to maintain Swapo Party as a dominant force in the Namibian political space, to regain the ground that we lost during the last general elections and to continue to unite the people of Namibia for the common purpose of prosperity for all,” added Netumbo.

Nandi-Ndaitwah was named as the sole candidate for the party in next year’s elections.

Furthermore, she said the only way the party can deliver the necessary services to people and create shared prosperity is if all Swapo Party members, supporters, sympathizers and Namibians apply a sense of higher responsibility to the work.

“Namibians from all walks of life are ready to walk and be led by Swapo Party. However, this should not make us be complacent, it requires us to walk the extra mile to maintain the party’s political dominance if we can deliver quality services again to our people. I am calling on all Swapo Party members, supporters, sympathisers and all peace-loving Namibians to apply a sense of higher responsibility towards the work, that is the only way we will be able to provide the required services to our people and bring about shared prosperity,” she said.

Swapo has led Namibia since independence and remains the country’s biggest political party.

However, its popularity has recently waned because of discontent over rampant unemployment and corruption linked to senior party officials.

In 2019, Swapo lost its two-thirds majority in parliament in the general elections. It also lost control of key municipalities, including the capital Windhoek, the port towns of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, and several regional councils.

Geingob is due to step down next year after serving two terms. He was first elected in November 2014.

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