OTJIWARONGO: Otjozondjupa regional governor and newly-appointed Swapo-Party regional information and mobilisation officer, Rapama Kamehozu, has called on Health and Social Services Minister Dr Richard Kamwi to step down as chairperson of the national leaders assigned to Otjozondjupa.
Kamehozu said this during a media briefing on Sunday afternoon at the Swapo-Party regional office in Otjiwarongo.
“The regional conference decided to move a vote of no confidence in the chairperson of leaders assigned to the Otjozondjupa Region (Kamwi), for his decision to desert us at a crucial time when we need him most,” said Kamehozu.
He was reacting to Kamwi and the other national leaders’ boycott of the elective conference here on Saturday.
Kamwi was accompanied by Education Deputy Minister Dr David Namwandi, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry Petrus Iilonga, and Elifas Dingara, a Member of Parliament.
These Swapo leaders walked out of the conference, claiming that it was unconstitutional, and that it defied the special conditions and directives outlined by the Swapo-Party Central Committee (CC).
Kamehozu said the regional executive committee observed over a long time that Kamwi had failed to represent the region’s political cases adequately at all structures he represented it.
“We believe that his assignment to our region was more an incentive than anything else, as he misrepresented the wishes of the people of this Otjozondjupa Region.
We strongly call for his removal, as we can keep a united region without him,” stated Kamehozu.
He further said that the Otjozondjupa Swapo regional executive will soon meet Swapo president Hifikepunye Pohamba, Swapo Vice-President Dr Hage Geingob, as well as the Swapo Secretary-General Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana to present them with their report on the outcome of Saturday’s regional conference.
Kamehozu said the Otjozondjupa Swapo regional executive committee was prepared to answer all questions from the party’s secretariat in order to clear its stand, rather than it being represented by a ‘divisive’ Kamwi.
He then announced that the conference on Saturday re-elected Susan Hikopua to the position of Otjozondjupa Regional Coordinator, while he, Kamehozu, was elected as regional information and mobilisation officer and Julius Nauyoma Neumbo as treasurer.
Four regional members – Juliet Kavetuna, Peter Katjavivi, Calle Schlettwein and Leon Jooste – were also elected to represent the region in the Swapo-Party Central Committee.
“We also elected 10 delegates who will represent us at the congress next month, as per the provision of our Swapo-Party Constitution,” said Kamehozu, without stating the names of such delegates.