All People's Party (Namibia)


All People's Party
Secretary-GeneralVinsent Kanyetu Kanyetu
FoundedJanuary 2008
Split fromCongress of Democrats
Khomas Region
IdeologySocial democracy
Political positionCentre-left
Colors  Vermilion
Seats in the National Assembly
2 / 104
Seats in the National Council
0 / 42
Regional Councillors
0 / 121
Local Councillors
4 / 378
Pan-African Parliament
0 / 5
Party flag

The All People's Party (APP) is a political party in Namibia.

Registered with the Electoral Commission of Namibia in January 2008, the party was initially made up primarily of former members of the Congress of Democrats and SWAPO political parties. Among the initial leaders were Chairperson Ignatius Shixwameni and Deputy Chairperson Stephanus Swartbooi.[1]

Ignatius Shixwameni, who had led the party since 2009, died on 10 November 2021.[2]


Prior to the 2009 general election, the party sought to eliminate poverty in Namibia within five years and informal settlements in ten years. In a political forum prior to the 2009 election, party representative Lena Nakatana stated that the human rights of LGBT Namibians should be respected because of their equal citizenship.[3]

Electoral history

Presidential elections

Election Candidate Votes % Result
2009 Ignatius Shixwameni 9,981 1.23% Lost Red XN
2014 7,266 0.82% Lost Red XN
2019 3,304 0.4% Lost Red XN

National Assembly elections

Election Leader Votes % Seats +/– Position Result
2009 Ignatius Shixwameni 10,795 1.33%
1 / 72
Increase 1 Increase 6th Opposition
2014 20,431 2.29%
2 / 96
Increase 1 Increase 4th Opposition
2019 14,664 1.79%
2 / 96
Steady Decrease 5th Opposition

2015 local and regional elections

In the 2015 Namibian local and regional elections the APP won 4 council seats.[4]

2014 general election

In the 2014 Namibian general election the APP gained 2 seats in parliament.[5]

2009 general election

In the 2009 Namibian general election campaign, the party leadership consisted of President Shixwameni, Vice President Reinhold Madala Nauyoma, Secretary General Mukuve Marcellus Mudumbi and National chairman Herbert Shixwameni. All four of which were activists in the Namibia National Students Organisation.[6]

In October 2009, the party and the Rehoboth Ratepayers' Association, a local political party in Rehoboth in the Hardap Region, agreed to a collective agreement to cooperate in the 2009 general elections. The leader of the association, Lukas de Klerk, said it was a way for Rehoboth to have representation in the Namibian National Assembly. De Klerk was listed at the sixth position for the party on the list for National Assembly.[7]

Party President Ignatius Shixwameni was elected to the National Assembly with the party. The party garnered 10,795 (1.3 percent) of votes for the National Assembly. The party joined with other opposition parties to contest the conduct and outcome of the 2009 National Assembly election, bringing forth a legal challenge aiming to declare the election null and void.[8]

2004 local and regional elections

Although the party was founded after the 2004 Namibian local and regional elections it participated in the regional by-election in the Tobias Hainyeko constituency in October 2008.[9] However, it received only 164 votes, compared to 5,526 for SWAPO. The other political parties contesting the election withdrew two days prior to the election.[10]

See also


  1. ^;jsessionid=03a0f0a1fb03cd87af46afb446ef
  2. ^ "PASSING ON OF HONOURABLE IGNATIUS SHIXWAMENI, 10 NOVEMBER 2021". Namibian Parliament. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  3. ^ "Political Parties Ponder Homosexuality"[permanent dead link]. The Namibian,, from 2 November 2009
  4. ^ "Local elections results". Electoral Commission of Namibia. 28 November 2015. Archived from the original on 10 December 2015.
  5. ^ "ECN". Archived from the original on 6 December 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  6. ^ "APP's Pack of Leaders". New Era., from 29 September 2009
  7. ^ Sasman, Catherine (19 October 2009). APP, Reho Seal Deal Amid Protest Archived 31 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine New Era. Retrieved 25 March 2011.
  8. ^ Namibia: Date Set for Second Election Appeal., from 5 August 2011
  9. ^ "New Party Calls for an End to Second-Class Namibians"[permanent dead link]. The Namibian. 1 September 2008.
  10. ^ "Elections 2009: APP here for change". New Era., from 14 September 2009