The hastily convened special Politburo meeting at State House yesterday discussed whether the party should cancel the Keetmanshoop rally slated for tomorrow due to boycott threats, Politburo sources have revealed.
Sources have informed this publication that several Politburo members warned that the event could end up as flop should community members boycott it.
“That was the discussion yesterday, but it was resolved that the rally will go ahead but some party officials were dispatched to Keetmanshoop to assess the situation on the ground and report back to determine whether the President should go to Keetmanshoop or not,” said the source.
The source also indicated that some members of the Politburo could not attend the special meeting because “of the short notice period.”
This was the second Politburo meeting in four days.
During Monday’s Politburo meeting, reports of alleged misconduct by party members, preparations for the 2017 elective congress and the ailing economic situation that has seen government put to hold an array of projects was discussed.
Briefing the media after the meeting, Swapo Secretary General Nangolo Mbumba said the Politburo received reports of “general” misconduct of some party leaders.
“Politburo received reports of the general misconducts of some Swapo members and leaders at different levels of our party structures. Some card-carrying Swapo members continue to violate the party’s constitution and that it was time for them to face the wrath of the law,” he said at the time.
The Landless People’s Movement (LPM) is allegedly hard at work mobilising and urging people to boycott the star rally set for Keetmanshoop’s J. Stephanus Stadium tomorrow.
The rally is to be addressed by President Geingob, but the LPM have urged residents of the region and in particular of Keetmanshoop to shun the event, noting that Geingob has failed to give them an audience nor did he respond to the movement’s petition on ancestral land.
Attending the rally will be a total contradiction of residents’ demands made during the mass land meeting held at Keetmanshoop in February, the movement said.
Swapo backbencher in the National Assembly and former lands deputy minister Bernadus Swartbooi who was sacked by Geingob last year, is among those leading the newly formed movement.
LPM is advocating for the return of ancestral land to certain Namibian tribes, but President Geingob said while his government is committed to the fight for land it would not entertain the return of ancestral land to anyone.
Geingob is adamant that the Namibian constitution makes provision for all Namibians to live and farm anywhere in the country, hence the government’s strong position against ancestral land claims.