Inconsistent use of campaign
rules concern Mushelenga

Obrein Simasiku

Swapo Party Central Committee and Politburo member Peya Mushelenga is unhappy with the manner in which internal campaign rules are being implemented, saying he has observed some inconsistencies in the various regions visited by the candidates vying for vice presidents, secretary and deputy secretary general positions.

“It has been observed that during the engagement between candidates for the positions of Vice-President, Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General with delegates from regions, last week, some media teams of candidates were not allowed entry. There have been inconsistencies in the manner in which the regional engagements were conducted from one region to another, with some regions allowing only delegates, while some regions allowed non-delegates to attend. The behaviours of non-delegates were disruptive of the engagements,” Mushelenga wrote to Swapo Secretary General Sophia Shaningwa on Monday.

His concerns came after a horde of delegates and non-delegates during the Zambezi Region internal campaign last week became unruly. For instance, of a walkout by delegates to the Erongo event in Swakopmund. there were also reports

Following these disruptions, SPYL’s Soini Ikela last week suggested that there be rotation in the line-up of the candidates presenting their campaign messages to the delegates, particular, the DSG candidates who find themselves at the tail end of presentation, usually only addressing a small audience.

Mushelenga proposed that the concerns be part of Friday’s special CC meeting, when the party sits to discuss matters surrounding the exclusion of veteran politician, Jerry Ekandjo from the Vice Presidential race. Ekandjo is hell-bent on joining the three horse race between Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, incumbent VP Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and Environment, Forestry and Tourism Minister, Pohamba Shifeta.

Ekandjo challenged his exclusion from the race through his lawyer Richard Metcalfe. Swapo Party President Hage Geingob requested Shaningwa to organise an urgent special CC meeting to discuss the issues relating to Ekandjo, who in 2012 and 2017 congresses lost to Geingob to take over the helm of the party.

Meanwhile, Shaningwa refused to entertain any discussion related to Mushelenga’s concerns. “Why should I discuss issues that have not been dealt with? Go back to Mushelenga and ask him,” she briefly responded.

Equally, Ekandjo refused to be drawn into such a conversation; “call me after Friday, for now I cannot discuss anything related to that.”

In addition, Mushelenga wants the party to discuss matters related to the establishment of congress national preparatory committees and subcommittees, ahead of the 7th congress slated for the end of November, as well as the removal of delegates’ names.

“From my experience as a Member of the Central Committee for the past 20 years, by now the Congress National Preparatory Committee and Sub-Committees, headed by Members of the Central Committee and composed of members who have been vetted accordingly, would have been put in place. At the last Central Committee meeting, I have not seen any submission on these committees. There is only one month and one week left to the 7th Congress of SWAPO Party and I am concerned that the delay in constituting the Committees will have an impact on the efficiency and effective organisation of the Congress,” he said.

“Further, it has been complained that some of the names of delegates have been removed from the delegates’ list without their knowledge or the knowledge of the District Coordinators and replaced with the so-called ‘alternate delegates’.’’

He argued that if the Congress Committees had been in place, the committee responsible for accreditation would address some of these complaints.

‘’I humbly request that the above-mentioned three issues be added to the agenda of the Special Central Committee meeting scheduled for 21 October 2022,” pleaded Mushelenga.

By Observer