New Era (Windhoek)

20 November 2012

Namibia: Ekandjo Appeals for Unity

Walvis Bay — The Swapo Party Secretary for Information and Publicity, Jerry Ekandjo, has appealed to Namibians to guard against elements trying to cause instability in the country.

Ekandjo, who addressed a rally at Walvis Bay late on Sunday in his quest to clinch the vice-presidency of the Swapo Party, cautioned Namibians to unite and guard against Western-influenced individuals trying to disrupt peace and stability through "puppet" political parties.

Accompanied by the Foreign Affairs Minister, Utoni Nujoma and the Secretary of the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL), Elijah Ngurare and various other Swapo Party members in the Erongo Region, Ekandjo rallied for voters in the region at the Kuisebmund Soccer Stadium at Walvis Bay.

Ekandjo said the Swapo Party is aware that western countries are not happy with Africa's progress, and the fact that the continent is regarded as one of the richest in the world in terms of minerals and other natural resources.

He said the Western powers will try by all means to disrupt the peace and stability "we are enjoying by using puppet political parties" to cause political instability in Africa.

"We must be vigilant. The western countries want to re-enter Africa through the back door for her rich natural resources. We know that these puppet parties who want to tarnish Namibia's image are the ones that instigated the nationwide strike by teachers and nurses. Look at Egypt, Libya and Sierra Leone, that is exactly what these western countries want to happen in Namibia," he said.

Ekandjo then urged teachers and nurses not to be used or misled by these parties and their western allies.

"Namibia is your country too. If we fail, you fail too and it will certainly destroy our children's future. We must unite despite our cultural backgrounds and strive toward economic independence," said Ekandjo.

He said western countries and their puppet parties will seek ways to cause chaos in the country and that only unity will allow Namibia to prosper and gain economic independence.

"Although Namibia gained its hard fought independence, the struggle is far from over. We are in the second phase of the struggle, which is to gain economic independence. We need to ensure that Namibia's natural resources are fully utilised for the benefit of the Namibian people and we can only achieve this through hard work and unity," Ekandjo told the rally.

Furthermore, Ekandjo urged young Namibian men to refrain from killing innocent women. "Ending a relationship does not mean that we should kill our women brutally. If we kill all our mothers and sisters what will happen to us," he asked.

Although Ekandjo's rally was well attended, many were of the opinion that the candidate did not explain why they should be voting for him.

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