OTJIWARONGO: Swapo-Party leaders in the Otjozondjupa Region have expressed dissatisfaction with the nullification of their regional elective conference by the Swapo-Party Secretariat.
Otjozondjupa Swapo-Party held its elective regional conference at the Otjiwarongo regional office on 22 July.
Local media reports have indicated that the Swapo-Party secretariat on Monday decided that the conference was not conducted properly. This was after complaints were received at a Politburo meeting held last week that procedures were not followed at the conference.
“We were not formally informed about the nullification, either by text message, fax or any form of communication,” acting Swapo-Party regional co-ordinator for the Otjozondjupa Region, Susan Hikopua told Nampa on Tuesday.
Hikopua said she only learned about the nullification from local media reports on Tuesday and she was not informed about the decision by the Swapo-Party headquarters in Windhoek.
The secretary-general of the Otjozondjupa Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL), Milo Iipinge said if the media reports about the nullification are true, then “something is wrong with the Swapo-Party headquarters”.
“How can they nullify a conference which was free and fair? They did not even consult any regional office-bearer here on this issue. Who is that person who complained to them?” Iipinge wanted to know.
Iipinge, who is a nephew of Otjiwarongo Constituency Councillor Otto Iipinge, blamed the office of Swapo-Party Secretary-General (SG) Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana for not being “open enough” with some of the party’s leaders in the Otjozondjupa Region.
Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Rapama Kamehozu, who was elected regional mobiliser during the conference, said he was shocked to read in the newspapers that the elective regional conference had been nullified.
One of the national leaders assigned to the Otjozondjupa Region, Swapo-Party Chief Whip Peter Katjavivi echoed similar sentiments when approached for comment.
“I was part and parcel of the whole restructuring exercise of the region. I can say the whole process was free and fair,” said Katjavivi.
Nampa on Tuesday tried to get a comment on the matter from Iivula-Ithana, but her cell phone went unanswered.
Last month’s conference was attended by delegates from all seven districts in the region – Otjiwarongo, Omatako, Okakarara, Okahandja, Otavi, Grootfontein and Tsumkwe.
Participants elected Hikopua to the position of Otjozondjupa Swapo-Party Regional Co-ordinator, while Kamehozu was elected regional mobiliser and Julius Nauyoma Neumbo was re-elected as treasurer.
The conference was chaired by Defence Minister Charles Namoloh as national Swapo-Party leader assigned to the region, along with other leaders such as Katjavivi, Deputy Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Nico Kaiyamo and Swapo-Party Member of Parliament Moses Amweelo.
Namoloh had told Nampa shortly after the conference that the whole exercise was conducted freely and fairly.