President Hage Geingob cuts Swapo’s 60th birthday cake. PHOTO: Contributed

The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) came out in defense of party leaders facing charges at the Namibian Police for partying while the rest of the country is on lockdown.

The Swapo leaders include President Hage Geingob, his deputy and international relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, secretary general Sophia Shaningwa, former President Hifikepunye Pohamba, National Assembly Speaker Peter Katjavivi, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila and a number of war veterans.

They all face charges of contravening regulations of the State of Emergency when they gathered in disputed numbers to celebrate Swapo’s 60th anniversary in Windhoek.

Swapo veteran Ben Amadhila and journalists covering the event are also cited in the charge sheet as having contravened the regulation banning public gatherings during the State of Emergency and if found guilty will be liable to pay N$2 000 each.

The case was opened by Utaara Mootu of the Landless People’s Movement supported by Manuel Ngaringombe of the official opposition, the Popular Democratic Movement on Monday.

The party leadership has since claimed that the event was only attended by 10 people in adherence of the regulations.

The Chief of the Namibian Police, Sebastian Ndeitunga told the media that Swapo held the celebrations in accordance with the COVID-19 State of Emergency regulations.

Meanwhile, Efraim Nekongo, secretary of SPYL said despite the unusual environment currently faced due to the prevailing pandemic, the Swapo leadership took precautionary measures in honouring what he calls “a historic day”.

“We therefore, reject the posturing of the opportunistic opposition parties whose daily bread and modus operandi has been to resort to the lowest standard of populist politicking,” said Nekongo.

“This posturing occurs in the absence of the opportunists having the capacity to provide concrete solutions that can move the country forward,” he added.

According to Nekongo, it is evident that instead of praying for blessings and the defeat of the COVID-19, the only prayer of the opposition “is for Swapo to fall”.

He maintained that these attacks are to any objective eye extremely opportunistic, lacking genuine concern for the country and credible substance in the absence of truthful evidence.

“We condemn the opportunist opposition parties for wasting the Namibian Police Force’s time and resources as they ought to have allowed the force to deal with real pertinent issues affecting our nation.

He added: “Our party and her leadership are the crafters of the law and social order that all peace-loving Namibians enjoy today, this is something which many opportunists such as the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance now camouflaged as the PDM fought against.”

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