Shaningwa says 2022 congresses will cost Swapo a fortune

Eba Kandovazu

SWAPO Party Secretary General Sophia Shaningwa has called on the delegates attending the 8th Swapo Party Women’s Council congress to remain calm for the duration of the congress, saying that their state of mind and maturity will set the tone for the other upcoming Swapo congresses later this year.

Shaningwa, speaking at the opening of the congress also said that members should be ready to accept defeat and support the winning candidate. Current SPWC Deputy Secretary Fransina Kahungu is contesting for Secretary, against Katrina Itula-Liswani.

“It is encouraged that we are implored upon to remain united prior, during and post congress. I’m calling for calmness. Through calmness we shall succeed and we will ensure that other congresses to take place will be successful because you are leading us to those congresses. 2022 is pregnant. After this congress, the youth league will follow and then elders council will follow, ultimately leading us to the national congress. It’s not going to be easy financially but we all make it work,” Shaningwa said.

The SPWC congress started today and will end tomorrow, at the Windhoek’s Country Club. The congress, is held virtually because of Covid-19 is also attended by delegates in Ongwediva and Rundu. Congress delegates in Kavango West, Kavango East and Zambezi regions will assemble in Rundu while those from Kunene, Omusati, Oshikoto and Oshana regions will meet in Ongwediva. Karas, Erongo, Hardap Omaheke and Otjozondjupa regions will meet in the Khomas region in Windhoek.

Swapo will host its elective congress in November.

“We are mothers – it is expected for us to set the right agenda that will positively impact the lives of our people. Remain united after this congress,” Shaningwa said.

Swapo Elders Council Secretary, Mukwaita Shanyengana also urged the delegates to desist from creating division and set a good example for upcoming congresses.

Incumbent SPWC Secretary Eunice Iipinge confirmed that some regional districts will not be part of the congress because they failed to have their district conferences. The districts are Okakakara district from Otjozondjupa region, Epukiro and Okorukambe in the Omaheke Region as well as Ruacana and Anamulenge in the Omusati Region.

By Observer