WINDHOEK: Swapo-Party Secretary-General (SG) Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana says campaigns to be carried out by the nominated candidates for the party’s top-four positions should be guided by principles such as unity and comradeship.
Iivula-Ithana said this at the party’s headquarters on Wednesday whilst responding to questions from the media during the announcement of the outcome of the Swapo-Party’s politburo meeting, which took place on Tuesday.
Asked whether any guidelines had been set for the campaigns going forward for nominated candidates, she reiterated a call made by President Hifikepunye Pohamba at the politburo meeting that all nominees should conduct themselves in a manner that will promote unity.
“You can promote what you think your candidate is able to do, but to go to an extent of dirtying the name of a rival for the sake of promoting your own name is not within the parameters of what the leadership is advocating,” the party’s SG said.
She went on to state that at the end of the day, all candidates will still have to go back to the drawing board as party members, adding that if they ‘start tearing each other apart’ on account of the campaign, they will be “cutting off their noses to spite their faces”.
Iivula-Ithana further added that campaigns cannot start right away as the Central Committee (CC) is still to pronounce itself on the possible nomination of more candidates for the top-four positions.
“Some of the potential candidates may still want to challenge certain positions at CC level. Therefore, you cannot say the floodgates are open, and have other people feel like they are lagging behind now because their names are not known,” she indicated.
The SG had earlier during the media conference announced that the politburo accepted the nomination of Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba, who is also the Swapo-Party President, to stand for the position as the incumbent.
The SG said as the party’s incumbent Vice-President, Hage Geingob is entitled to stand for the position of Vice-President, and thus did not require nomination.
Iivula-Ithana further stated that she was nominated and seconded for the position of Vice- President, whilst current Deputy SG Nangolo Mbumba was nominated and seconded for the position of Secretary-General.
Nominated to contest for the position of Deputy Secretary-General are Omaheke Regional Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua and Minister of Environment and Tourism, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.