New Era (Windhoek)

12 November 2012

Namibia: Swapo Implements Collective Decisions - Geingob

Walvis Bay — Swapo Party vice-president, Dr Hage Geingob, told a gala dinner the ruling party has a tradition of collective and not individual decisions.

Namibians should thus not anticipate infighting in the ruling party after the Swapo Party congress, but should rather look forward to the collective implementation of the party's policies to the benefit of the country, he added.

Geingob was speaking at a Swapo Party fundraising dinner held on Saturday, at the Amphitheatre, outside Walvis Bay.

The party generated over N$1.1 million from the fundraising gala dinner.

The biggest pledge at the fundraiser came from businessman Knowledge Katti, who undertook to donate N$500 000.

Geingob told the gathering that no "individual policies" would be implemented, because Swapo collectively strives to create a favourable business environment for Namibia and foreign investors for the development of the country's economy.

"All these are done through collective efforts of Swapo members. There is no policy that says Hage's ... as after the congress only Swapo and unity will win," Geingob stressed.

The Swapo Party congress will take place from November 29 to December 02 in Windhoek.

Geingob further explained that its members and business people should not see the gala dinner as a profit-making event as the pledged funds will only be used for their intended purpose.

"This innovative fundraising will not only benefit Swapo, but the government as well. Bear in mind Swapo is the government," said Geingob.

Geingob thanked the business community that came in their masses to support the party's initiative to raise funds.

"We take note of those businesses that are keen on the party's affairs, even if the party is criticised by other parties. However each party must have its own friends. Swapo's friends were invited and came in large numbers to support the party," he said.

"We know for a fact that our every move is scrutinised. Therefore as Swapo Party members we must strengthen our party at regional and national level," he said.

He also congratulated those elected this year in their respective positions at regional level and urged them to take responsibility and pride in the party's affairs to build democracy and transparency.

The mega gala fundraiser was also attended by the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernard Esau, Minister of Education, Abraham Iyambo, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Loide Kasinga, the Director-General of the National Planning Commission (NPC), Tom Alweendo and former Member of Parliament, Ben Amadhila, in their capacity as Swapo party members.

Various business people as well as party members throughout the country attended the event.

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