The Vice President of the Swapo Party, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, expressed her observation and a strong belief that many people, including the youth, have a deep affection for Swapo, and thousands are returning to the ruling party.
Addressing a rally in Oshakati, in the Oshana Region over the weekend, Nandi-Ndaitwah revealed that thousands of people have recently come forward to obtain their party memberships.
“We have more than 1,000 people who have come to receive their memberships,” she stated.
She further disclosed that the party’s political bureau has decided to explore ways to unite people, especially in preparation for the 2024 presidential and national assembly elections.
“Our politburo has wisely decided that, before the 2024 elections, we must work on bringing our people back,” she said.
According to Nandi-Ndaitwah, the efforts to unite people have already yielded positive results and have strengthened democracy within the party.
“In each engagement, our numbers are increasing. People are realizing that our democracy has matured,” she said.
Taking the opportunity, Nandi-Ndaitwah urged party members to collaborate and prioritize the needs of the people.
She also called on members to accept the outcomes of the previous ordinary congress and work on uniting the party.
While acknowledging that party members may support different comrades, she cautioned against refusing to accept the congress’s decisions, as it can be detrimental to party unity.
Nandi-Ndaitwah extended a special invitation to former Swapo members who had left the party to rejoin and encouraged new members to join with confidence.
“Come back home; we will welcome you with peace and harmony. Swapo is your home,” she appealed.
Highlighting the importance of unity, Nandi-Ndaitwah recalled her call in 2017 for members to come together.
She noted that this call had yielded positive results as more members were returning.
The politician stressed that the party’s strength lies in its unity and emphasized that it can fulfil its promises only if its members stand together.
Meanwhile, an anonymous senior Swapo party member expressed concern about the apparent reluctance of party figures, heavyweights, and some members who had contested for positions at the ordinary congress to attend rallies addressed by the vice president.
This, the member stated, reflects mixed feelings within the party, indicating unhappiness and a lack of acceptance.