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I want to see the ‘political’ tombs of Itula and Venaani here – Nekundi – Politics

…an analyst classifies the comments as hate speech

The Deputy Minister of Public Works and Transport, Veikko Nekundi, states that he wants to see the “democratic” burial of the presidents of the Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) and the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM).

Nekundi was referring to Panduleni Itula and McHenry Venaani at a Swapo rally in Emono village in Oshana region on Sunday.

He said that when he returns to Emono on November 28, he wants to see the graves of Itula and Venaani at the sports field where Sunday’s event took place.

“When I come back here on November 28, when the election results are announced, I want to see the tombs of Itula and Venaani here,” Nekundi said.

He urged residents of Emono village to invite a local funeral home to place a “big tombstone that no one can remove” over the graves of the two opposition leaders.

“They should be buried forever,” Nekundi said.

He said that “anything that breathes is an opposition. . . here at Emono. . . buried”.

Nekundi said Swapo will defeat Itula and the IPC while stripping the PDM.

“We will defeat them all. It is that moment again when Judas Iscariot will be addressed. “Judas should be put in his rightful place,” he said.

Former Swapo president Hifikepunye Pohamba in 2008 compared Swapo members who joined the Rally for Democracy and Progress to Judas, who betrayed Jesus Christ.

‘GOD AND SWAPO’

Nekundi accused the PDM of working against the freedom of the country.

“God and Swapo work hand in hand, while DTA/PDM and Satan work together. Let’s not be confused by the name that has changed. The PDM is the DTA; Don’t follow them,” he said.

Nekundi questioned Itula’s commitment to Namibia, stating that when Namibians were leaving the country to join the freedom of liberation, Itula fled to Britain and returned only after the recent discovery of oil in the country.

“Now he has come back and says that Namibia is the only country we have. Since when? Now that she has heard that oil has been discovered in Namibia, she is back. Where were you? Now it is everywhere: Okongo, Uuvudhiya, everywhere,” she said.

“The Congress of Democrats was sent from England. We beat him. We should do the same with the CPI.

“Then there is the PDM. This party has been an opposition party since its birth; Let’s give him a cane. I should rest. As of this year it should not exist. His soul should rest in the hands of Satan.”

Speaking at the same event, Swapo regional coordinator Werner Iita said 17 people from the IPC have joined Swapo, while Nekundi said many other IPC members in Kapako in the Kavango West region have joined to Swapo.

He said these new members only joined the IPC after they were promised food for drought relief.

‘I WILL BE YOUR PRESIDENT’

In response to Nekundi’s comments, Venaani described himself as a threat to Swapo due to the admiration he receives from thousands of young Namibians within his ranks.

“Namibians have matured and cannot be intimidated by lies and political assumptions,” he said yesterday.

“My tombstone will remain engraved in the hearts of our people as a true fighter for their improvement. “I am a man of peace and the motto of mutual respect cannot be erased from my political conduct,” he stated.

Venaani said he plans to visit Emono village and encouraged residents not to be carried away by Nekundi’s threats and propaganda.

“I will be your president and the leader of all those who hate and love me. “My responsibility is too great to allow hatred towards anyone, even my opponents.”

IPC spokesperson Immanuel Nashinge yesterday said Nekundi’s comments were deeply disturbing and a desperate attempt to distract the public from pressing issues.

“Nekundi chose to make personal attacks and spread what can only be considered misinformation,” Nashinge said.

“The insinuation that our party president returned to Namibia only for selfish reasons is not only false, but is a deliberate misrepresentation of his dedication to the country,” Nashinge said.

“Nekundi’s morbid comments are not only in bad taste, but reveal a lack of respect for political discourse and human dignity. . . “Such language is inappropriate for a leader and only serves to incite division and hatred,” he stated.

‘THE SPEECH OF HATE’

Political analyst Henning Melber said yesterday that Nekundi’s comments are shockingly irresponsible and call for undeserved condemnation.

He said Nekundi should be officially reprimanded by Swapo and should publicly apologize.

“This is the type of hate speech that the party rightly condemns when practiced by others. “It sets the wrong tone and risks paving the way for the gloves to be taken off,” Melber said.

He said that, given the increased competition for votes over the coming months, all parties should strictly adhere to electoral guidelines and civil behavior, which is necessary to limit the risk of verbal or physical abuse and violence.

“Nekundi needs to be named and shamed, like everyone else who resorts to similar agitation. “You cannot condemn the slap in the face of a Swapo activist and remain silent in the face of this abhorrence,” said Melber.

“Politicians should base their campaigns on factual arguments about why their party deserves support, sharing realistic political programs, rather than building pipe dreams and attacking competitors in a way that puts their physical safety at risk.

“There should be cross-party condemnation and a public outcry that names and shames this and similar excesses, regardless of who and what party.

“Namibia’s democracy deserves better,” he said.

Political scientist Rui Tyitende says Nekundi’s statements may not bode well for a party with a serious image problem.

“We should expect more of this kind of frivolous conversation, since most of these people talk because they have to say something and not because they have something important to say,” he says.

Tyitende says those supporting Swapo presidential candidate Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah’s campaign are not there because they believe in it, but for their own benefit.

“So we should expect a lot of noise between now and November as they compete to outshine each other as the fight to be included in the 2025 Cabinet intensifies,” he says.

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