4 February 2013

Namibia: People 'Only Listen' to the Swapo Party

Rundu — Following a four-year absence from the ruling Swapo Party, Moses Nyundu yesterday returned to the folds of the party that he first joined in 1983 before joining the opposition.

A well-known figure in the region's political arena, Nyundu said during his time as a member of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) he has observed that people listen only to Swapo Party leaders.

Nyundu was the ruling party's Rundu Rural West District mobiliser when he defected in 2009 to join the country's official opposition.

"You can only lead people through Swapo, therefore I have decided to return to the party where I started way back. This is because only the ruling party is able to bring development to the people," he said.

Nyundu said he left the party due to differences with some of his former colleagues in the ruling party.

"Some of the members were lying and misleading the public. When I told them it is not the right thing to do, our differences began. Now that some members are off the structures, I am positive that things will be better," said Nyundu.

He is confident that his four-year defection from the party will not in any way hamper his chances to move up the ranks of the Swapo Party structures.

"I know that all the members who followed me to RDP in 2009 will return to Swapo. If you are a good leader people will follow you," he said.

"During my days I contributed immensely to the liberation struggle, thus I came back."

"Politicians are like pastors, you cannot leave the scene forever, when you leave your congregation you must join another one to continue preaching. People want me back," said Nyundu.

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