Witbooi pulls out of the DSG
race three-days to congress

O’brein Simasiku

Aspirant for the Swapo Party’s Deputy Secretary General (DSG)’s position, Lucia Witbooi, has thrown in the towel three days before the seventh elective congress this Friday.

Her withdrawal was announced by the Party’s President Hage Geingob today, during the final central committee meeting, to dissolve the current leadership with a new one bound for election during the two-days conference. According to Geingob, Witbooi cited overcrowding previously with four-candidates including Evelyn Tayele-Nawases, Uahekua Herunga and David Hamutenya.

“She realised they’re are enough candidates in the field, and decided she’s withdrawing. She was not forced, but did so willingly, and that is the spirit,” says Geingob

Confirming the news, Witbooi told her supporters, followers and sympathisers on her official WhatsApp group that: “The news is authentic Cde. I took a conscious decision in the best interest of the Party. Forward ever backwards never.”

In another post she says, “I still remain CC candidate and I need your votes,” as she encourages her team.

It has been touted that Witbooi was struggling to gunner much support, and also that her move to quit at an eleventh hour seems to have been well orchestrated.

The move is seen as giving Herunga’ who together with Witbooi, were on the same slate, an advantage. The slate includes incumbent Secretary General, Sophia Shaningwa and Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah fighting hard to retain her position of Vice President.Her supporters are now likely to rally benind Herunga, giving chills to Tayele-Nawases and little known Hamutenya.

Tayele-Nawases was on a campaign trail with contender Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, vying for VP, and Armas Amukwiyu for SG. Amukwiyu lost to Shaningwa in the 2017 6th elective congress.

Meanwhile, Pohamba Shifeta the only male contesting for the VP, is still holding on despite him not amassing too much support. According to sources, Shifeta literally only managed to gunner 10% of the delegates, and has vowed to soldier on till the last breath.

Witbooi did not respond to detailed questions put forward to her by the time of going to print, as she had indicated that she was still in the CC meeting.

By Observer