Swapo Elders Council congress opens

Swapo Elders Council congress opens

THE congress of the Swapo Elders Council (SPEC) opened yesterday with the usual calls for calls for hard work, fighting for economic emancipation and overcoming poverty, hunger and disease from the party’s president, Sam Nujoma.

The Swapo president could however not attend and Regional and Local Government Minister John Pandeni read out Nujoma’s speech, which paid tribute to the elderly party members who in their youth devoted their time to the nation’s liberation struggle. “The youth of yesteryear, inspired by our national heroes, took up arms and resolved to fight for our genuine freedom and independence,” Minister Pandeni, who is the Swapo Deputy Secretary General, read from Nujoma’s speech.”Elders are reservoirs of knowledge and wisdom in any society and they should serve as transmission belt for cultural norms, values and traditions that can help us to mould a stronger society,” Pandeni added.In is speech, Nujoma deplored the ongoing violence committed against women and children in Namibia and called on the nation to root out crime by rendering assistance to the law enforcement agencies.Nujoma further urged the country’s youth not to indulge in alcohol and drug abuse and laziness.Nujoma’s speech ended with calls on the Swapo elders to mobilise the masses to ensure growth in party membership.Zimbabwean High Commissioner to Namibia Chipo Zindoga delivered a solidarity message on behalf of that country’s ruling Zanu-PF party.”We thank Namibia for standing by Zimbabwe in the difficult time of sanctions and we hope that relations will grow even stronger in future,” Zindoga said.The theme of the three-day congress is ‘Elders for peace, unity and social progress’.President Hifikepunye Pohamba is expected to officiate at the closing of the congress on Saturday.”The youth of yesteryear, inspired by our national heroes, took up arms and resolved to fight for our genuine freedom and independence,” Minister Pandeni, who is the Swapo Deputy Secretary General, read from Nujoma’s speech.”Elders are reservoirs of knowledge and wisdom in any society and they should serve as transmission belt for cultural norms, values and traditions that can help us to mould a stronger society,” Pandeni added.In is speech, Nujoma deplored the ongoing violence committed against women and children in Namibia and called on the nation to root out crime by rendering assistance to the law enforcement agencies.Nujoma further urged the country’s youth not to indulge in alcohol and drug abuse and laziness.Nujoma’s speech ended with calls on the Swapo elders to mobilise the masses to ensure growth in party membership.Zimbabwean High Commissioner to Namibia Chipo Zindoga delivered a solidarity message on behalf of that country’s ruling Zanu-PF party.”We thank Namibia for standing by Zimbabwe in the difficult time of sanctions and we hope that relations will grow even stronger in future,” Zindoga said.The theme of the three-day congress is ‘Elders for peace, unity and social progress’.President Hifikepunye Pohamba is expected to officiate at the closing of the congress on Saturday.

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