The Swapo Party Vice Presidential Candidate, Pohamba Shifeta has disputed rumours that he will eventually withdraw from the race and is in cahoots with fellow candidate and Prime Minister Saara Kuukongelwa-Amadhila.
Shifeta in a short statement today said that he accepted the nomination for the VP with the intentions to fairly and fully contest and emerge victorious. ‘’I want to make it clear that when i accepted this nomination for the vice president of our beloved Swapo Party, I did not so with the intention to fairly and fully contest and emerge victorious. I will not be withdrawing my candidacy nor am I collaborating or in partnership with any candidate in this race, any whispers that are contrary to this are false and malicious propaganda meant to cause confusion and must be rejected with the contempt that they deserve,’’ he asserted.
He said as a transparent leader he remains open and available to the cadres of the party and encourages those with questions and inquiries to personally contact him.
This comes after political analyst Hoze Riruako had stated in an interview with the Windhoek Observer that he has no faith in Kuugongelwa-Amadhila winning the race on her own.
‘’I don’t think Kuugongelwa can win the race against Netumbo on her own; however, if they split her votes by adding Shifeta to the equation and allocating them to Kuugongelwa later,
that will be the only way she can win,’’ he had claimed.
Shifeta is the sole male candidate vying for the position, and with mainstream speculation favouring a female president for the party, while emphasising that one can never be completely certain in politics. In the race Shifeta is facing incumbent VP Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.