WINDHOEK: The leadership of the Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) has directed its secretary, Dr Elijah Ngurare, to nominate Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Jerry Ekandjo to contest for the party’s vice-presidency during the upcoming congress.
This directive was made by the SPYL national executive committee (NEC) during a meeting held in the capital on Wednesday.
The watershed upcoming Swapo-Party Congress, in which the ruling party will elect its new leadership, is scheduled to take place at the end of November this year at a yet-to-be announced venue.
Announcing the decision taken by the SPYL NEC at a media conference held at the party’s head office in Katutura on Thursday afternoon, SPYL Secretary for Information, Publicity and Mobilisation, Job Amupanda said the NEC also directed Ngurare to nominate Minister of Foreign Affairs Utoni Nujoma to contest for the position of Swapo-Party Secretary-General at the congress.
The NEC further directed Ngurare to nominate Minister of Education, Dr Abraham Iyambo as their preferred candidate for the position of Deputy Secretary-General.
In addition, the SPYL also forwarded the names of retired Lieutenant-Generals Martin Shalli and Salomon Jesus Hawala, as well as Lucia Iipumbu and John Kantana to be elected as members of the Swapo-Party Central Committee (CC) during the November congress.
The 15 elected delegates of the SPYL to the forthcoming congress are the two retired Lieutenant-Generals of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) – Shalli and Hawala -; retired Major-General Peter Nambundunga, John Kantana, Veikko Nekundi, Romona Hidileko, Job Amupanda, Edward Kafita, Naftali Kambungu and Mentel Links.
Other delegates are Immanuel Nashinge, Sioni Ikela, Paulus Mbangu, Josaphat Hiwana and Lucia Iipumbu.
Ngurare will automatically go to the Congress as a member of the Swapo-Party Central Committee.
Meanwhile, serving Swapo Secretary-General Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana earlier announced that the Politburo accepted the nomination of Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba, who is also the Swapo-Party President, for the party’s incumbent Vice-President, Dr Hage Geingob to stand for the position of Vice-President.
Iivula-Ithana was also nominated and seconded for the position of Vice-President, whilst current Deputy Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba was nominated and seconded for the position of Secretary-General.
Also nominated by the politburo 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.