Delegates elected in line with party rules-Nicanor

Martin Endjala

SWAPO Party spokesperson, Hilma Nicanor, is saying all delegates elected at districts are eligible to vote in terms of the party’s Article 11.

She clarifies this explaining that the party rules are clear who must be a delegate. Nicanor further advises that the party is simply honouring its rules which must be followed by all party members. This comes after leaked information about ineligible delegates having been removed from the congress voting list. It is said that the Oshikoto, //Karas, Hardap and Otjozondjupa regions were the regions that were affected. It is believed that the matter was brought to the attention of the Secretary General (SG), Sophia Shaningwa, who she sent out letters to verify such claims. Shaningwa was again under fire with insiders castigating her management of the campaigns and now the removal of delegates from the voting list, accusing her of having an upper in it to her benefit and that of the Deputy Prime Minister and incumbent Swapo Party Vice-President, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.

But the SG has on many occasions refuted this like in a recent interview with the Windhoek Observer, when she explained that these are just people who have their own personal vendetta’s with her and are now capitalising on every opportunity they get to slander her name. Shaningwa says she has nothing to gain in engaging in such such malicious tactics, and she has been trusted to oversee the administrative duties of the party, a duty that she viewed she carried out to perfection. She further emphasises that people should be cognisant that in politics these are the tactics used to make others look bad in the nation’s eyes, while stressing that this will not divert her focus at all, as she is keen on seeing to it that the party events are carried out successfully.She adds that she has no issue with anyone, but people are rather trying to paint the reality of the matter in a very negative narrative.

Swapo’s Oshikoto Coordinator, Armas Amukwiyu, who is also gunning for the SG position, told the Windhoek Observer that the claims of ineligible delegates that were removed from the voting list are not true as he has an account of 54 eligible delegates from the region. All regions delegates are expected to arrive tomorrow In Windhoek for the 7th Swapo congress this weekend. Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and Environment, Forestry and Tourism Minister, Pohamba Shifeta, will battle it out for the VP position, while Sophia Shaningwa and Armas Amukwiyu for the SG. The DSG position is now a three horse race, following the withdrawal of Lucia Witbooi during the final Swapo Central Committee meeting. David Hamutenya, Uahekua Herunga and Evelyn Nawases-Tayele are vying for this position.

By Observer