OTJIWARONGO: Some Swapo members in the Otjozondjupa Region have expressed dissatisfaction with the manner in which the regional Swapo-Party elective conference was conducted here on Saturday.
“There was no election. It was an endorsement of a well-planned and engineered re-appointment of a network of friends, which they succeeded to do with no opposition,” said Okakarara Swapo-Party district secretary for information and mobilisation, Veron Mbueza.
She thus called on the Swapo Secretary-General Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana to investigate the way the Otjozondjupa regional executive conducted the conference on Saturday.
Another Swapo-Party member who wants the Otjozondjupa regional conference nullified, is the Otjiwarongo Swapo-Party Women’s Council Coordinator, Lydia Shiweda.
Shiweda was not allowed to enter the regional elective conference room on Saturday on the basis that her name did not appear on the list of delegates.
She expressed shame in the manner the conference was conducted, urging the Swapo-Party Secretariat to launch its own independent investigations.
“Some of our people in the Swapo Party here in Otjozondjupa run this organisation the way they run their own private cuca shops,” said Shiweda.
She then called on the Swapo Secretariat to reprimand all members of the Swapo Otjozondjupa regional executive committee for advancing their own personal agendas, rather than that of the party.
Meanwhile, the national leaders assigned by the party’s Central Committee (CC) to assist the Otjozondjupa Region in electing its leaders on Saturday, boycotted the conference proceedings.
The boycott was led by Health and Social Services Minister, Dr Richard Kamwi, who is the chairman of the national leaders assigned to the Otjozondjupa Region.
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 CC.
However, the conference proceeded with 36 district delegates, and without the Okahandja delegates, Kamwi and the other national leaders.
The conference re-elected Susan Hikopua to the position of Otjozondjupa Regional Co-ordinator, while Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Rapama Kamehozu, was re-elected as regional information and mobilisation officer and Julius Nauyoma Neumbo as treasurer.