OTJIWARONGO: Swapo-Party president Hifikepunye Pohamba and NUDO president Kuaima Riruako are expected to campaign for their parties’ candidates who will be contesting the Tsumkwe by-election on 16 November.
Both political parties indicated to Nampa on Wednesday that they are planning on holding rallies in Tsumkwe and Gam on 10 and 11 November this year respectively.
Tsumkwe is situated more than 270 kilometres east of Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region.
The Swapo-Party’s Otjozondjupa Regional Co-ordinator, Susan Hikopua told Nampa in an interview on Wednesday that her party will hold its rally in Gam next Saturday.
“We will hold a rally to campaign for our candidate contesting the position of Tsumkwe Regional Councillor on 10 November 2012,” she said.
Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Rapama Kamehozu said President Pohamba is set to campaign for the Swapo-Party’s candidate, Francina Ghauz.
Ghauz is a Senior Traditional Councillor for the Ju/hoansi San Traditional Authority.
“The top four Swapo-Party leaders will join us in Tsumkwe on 10 November to lift the voters’ spirits,” said Kamehozu.
He said the rally will be addressed by Pohamba, who will be accompanied by the party’s Vice President Hage Geingob; Swapo-Party Secretary-General Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and Deputy Secretary-General, Nangolo Mbumba.
“We are expecting over 5 000 people at the rally in Tsumkwe,” said Kamehozu.
National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) councillor in Okakarara, Vetaruhe Kandorozu also indicated that that party would hold rallies in Tsumkwe and Gam on 10 and 11 November.
Kandorozu said his political party is geared to win the Tsumkwe by-elections with its candidate, Alex Kandetu.
“We will start with our campaign in Tsumkwe next Saturday, and our star rally will be in Gam on 11 November,” he said.
Riruako will address his followers at the rally in Gam.
Other political parties contesting the Tsumkwe by-elections are the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP); All People’s Party (APP); and DTA of Namibia.
The Tsumkwe by-elections were necessitated by the death of Swapo-Party Regional Councillor Moses Kgao !Coma, who died in August this year after a short illness.