Christian Democratic Voice (CDV) member of parliament (MP) Gotthard Kandume says he and his party members will vote for Swapo presidential candidate Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah in this year’s upcoming presidential election.
Kandume, who is regarded as one of the silent members of the National Assembly (NA), says he supports Nandi-Ndaitwah, because he has never had a fallout with Swapo since he became an MP in 2020.
He says she is also a “mother, Christian, matured and my spiritual sister”.
The legislator says he has met with Nandi-Ndaitwah and has already informed her about his support of her.
Swapo secretary general Sophia Shaningwa, however, says she was not aware whether Kandume had a meeting with Nandi-Ndaitwah.
Her deputy, Uahekua Herunga, says he is not aware of the meeting either.
Nandi-Ndaitwah was not reachable for comment yesterday and did not respond to a text message sent to her.
Kandume says his party would not enter into a coalition with an opposition party.
Popular Democratic Movement president McHery Venaani last week said he hopes to lead a coalition government after this year’s elections.
“They are daydreaming. We will never go into a coalition with them. It will never materialise. It’s better to work with Swapo than working with the opposition parties,” Kandume, however, says.
He says he and his party members often pray for Nandi-Ndaitwah.
Swapo has done a lot and every Namibian benefits from Swapo, including opposition party leaders in parliament, Kandume says.
He says Swapo is the future and anyone fighting the former liberation movement is “mentally sick and should see a psychiatrist”.
“We are not a stupid party. Why should we fight Swapo? I can’t stand up in parliament wanting to fight like some people do. We are better off with Swapo.
“Swapo has liberated this country, and no opposition party could do that,” Kandume said yesterday.
He said his fellow opposition party members of parliament would hate him for his pro-Swapo comments, but Swapo will defend him.
Kandume said his party will only participate in the National Assembly elections, and he is confident he will return as a member.
Swapo members support his contributions in the NA, he said.
He said he proposed that the Kamanjab Village Council be promoted from a village council to a town council.
Swapo supported him, he said, and gave the local authority N$36 million and drilled a number of boreholes.
Kandume said the money was released because he was involved.
“Even other parties like the United Democratic Front, which have been there, could not do that,” he said.
Kamanjab chief executive Bianca Nguaiko last week said the village council received N$30 million from the government, but could not confirm whether Kandume pushed for it.
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