|South West African National Union|
|Founded||September 27, 1959|
|Colors||Red, Blue, Yellow and Green
|Seats in the National Assembly|
|Website of SWANU|
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The South West Africa National Union (SWANU) is the oldest political party in Namibia, formed in 1959. Most of its members came from the Herero people, while fellow independence movement SWAPO was mostly an Ovambo party. The party's President is Usutuaije Maamberua.
In January 2009, SWANU condemned Israel for their actions during the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict. Calling for an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal from the Palestinian territories, the party called for the severing of Namibian trade and diplomatic relations with Israel.
On the issue of land reform, SWANU advocated for state intervention in order to bring about reform more quickly. It also criticized the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement for allegedly resettling politicians on land acquired for redistribution instead of the "poorest of the poor". It also called for greater political will for land reform.