OTJIWARONGO: The Swapo-Party’s political changes that saw Health and Social Services Minister, Dr Richard Kamwi replaced as chairperson of national leaders assigned to the Otjozondjupa Region has been welcomed here.
Otjozondjupa Regional Swapo-Party Co-ordinator, Susan Hikopua on Tuesday was happy after she heard her region has a new political party chairman of national leaders assigned to the region.
Hikopua said the announcement made on Monday by the Swapo-Party Secretary-General, Nangolo Mbumba to replace Kamwi with the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) Minister, and former Prime Minister, Nahas Angula on position of chairman of national leaders assigned to Otjozondjupa Region was appropriate change.
“We are happy on that replacement, because Comrade Nahas Angula is a senior political leader in our party, who is now appointed to replace Kamwi on the position of chairman of national leaders assigned to our region,” said Hikopua.
In an interview with Nampa on Tuesday, Hikopua accused Kamwi to have stifled political activities in Otjozondjupa Region during the 2012 Swapo-Party restructuring exercise.
She said, during last year’s national Swapo-Party restructuring process, the Otjozondjupa Region was nullified four times during Kamwi’s chairmanship.
Hikopua said, on 28 October 2012, the Otjozondjupa Regional Swapo-Party executive committee had even demanded Kamwi to be removed on the position of chairperson of national leaders assigned here.
During that time, Otjozondjupa Swapo-Party information and mobilisation officer, Rapama Kamehozu said the Otjozondjupa regional executive committee had unanimously passed a vote of no confidence in Kamwi.
Kamehozu accused Kamwi to have deserted the regional political activities here at a crucial time he was needed most.
He was referring to the boycott Kamwi had made together with other Swapo-Party national leaders who accompanied him to the regional conference which took place at Otjiwarongo Swapo-Party regional office on 28 October 2012.
The regional conference for that date, was meant to elect new regional leaders as well as delegate members from Otjozondjupa Region who had to attend the Swapo-Party national elective congress in December in Windhoek.
However, that day, the then Swapo-Party national leaders who accompanied Kamwi to the regional conference claimed the Otjozondjupa Regional conference for 28 October 2012 was unconstitutional and defied special conditions and directives the Swapo-Party Central Committee (CC) outlined to them.
Kamwi together with Dr David Namwandi, Petrus Iilonga and Elifas Dingara had then walked out of that regional conference that day.
Kamwi has been chairperson of national leaders assigned to the Otjozondjupa Region, appointed with Swapo Chief Whip Peter Katjavivi, Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Nico Kaiyamo and Swapo-Party Member of Parliament Moses Amweelo since 2010.
The new list approved by the Swapo-Party Political Bureau of national leaders assigned to the different regions of the country is as follows:
Caprivi Region – John Mutorwa
Erongo Region – Ben Amathila
Hardap Region – Bernard Esau
Karas Region – Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana
Kavango Region – Marco Hausiku
Khomas Region – Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah
Kunene North Region – Charles Namoloh
Kunene South – Alpheus !Naruseb
Ohangwena Region – Erkki Nghimtina
Omaheke Region – Immanuel Ngatjizeko
Omusati Region – Albert Kawana
Oshana Region – Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila
Oshikoto Region – Dr Nickey Iyambo
Otjozondjupa Region – Nahas Angula
Special areas like Tsumkwe – Tjekero Tweya and Omatako – Kazenambo Kazenambo were also appointed.
The political bureau also recommended to the party’s Central Committee that an Extra-Ordinary Congress be held from 21 to 23 June 2013.
OTJIWARONGO; A Swapo-Party leader in the Otjiwarongo Region expressed happiness with the new national leader assigned to their region.
Swapo’s Political Bureau announced a new list of national leaders for the country’s 13 regions and two special areas on Monday.
According to the list, Nahas Angula replaced Richard Kamwi as chairperson of the national leaders for the Otjozondjupa Region.
Otjozondjupa Regional Swapo-Party Co-ordinator, Susan Hikopua told Nampa on Wednesday that she is happy with the new development, saying it was an “appropriate change”.
“We are happy with the replacement, because Comrade Nahas Angula is a senior political leader in our party,” said Hikopua.
She accused Kamwi of having ‘stifled’ political activities in the Otjozondjupa Region during the 2012 Swapo-Party restructuring exercise, which was nullified four times under Kamwi’s chairmanship.
Hikopua said the Otjozondjupa Regional Swapo-Party executive committee on 28 October 2012 even demanded, through a vote of no confidence, that Kamwi be removed as chairperson of the national leaders here.
Otjozondjupa Swapo-Party information and mobilisation officer, Rapama Kamehozu, at the time also accused Kamwi of having ‘deserted’ the regional political activities at a crucial time when he was needed the most.
Kamehozu was referring to Kamwi and other national leaders’ boycott of the regional conference, which took place at Otjiwarongo on 28 October 2012.
That conference was meant to elect new regional leaders as well as delegates from Otjozondjupa to attend the Swapo-Party elective congress in December that same year in Windhoek.
However, the Swapo national leaders claimed then that the regional conference was unconstitutional, and defied special conditions and directives the Swapo-Party Central Committee (CC) had outlined for them.
Kamwi, David Namwandi, Petrus Iilonga and Elifas Dingara then walked out of the conference on that day.
Other national leaders being assigned to the Otjozondjupa Region were Swapo Chief Whip Peter Katjavivi, Calle Schlettwein, Nico Kaiyamo and Moses Amweelo since 2010.