WINDHOEK: The much-anticipated Swapo-Party Central Committee (CC) meeting will kick off on Friday afternoon with President Hifikepunye Pohamba expected to officially open the meeting.
The meeting, which is expected to end on Saturday, will take place in the Constitution Room at Parliament in the capital.
The CC meeting will, amongst other things, consider and endorse the nominations of candidates expected to contest the top four positions of the party at the Swapo-Party Congress slated for 02 December this year.
There are currently two candidates vying for the position of Vice-President of the party – current Vice-President Hage Geingob, who indicated that he will stand for the post during the party’s politburo meeting which took place on 18 September this year, and current Secretary-General (SG) Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, who was seconded for the same position.
The CC meeting is also expected to nominate a third candidate from the floor, with the Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) indicating that they will nominate Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Jerry Ekandjo to run for the highest post.
Ekandjo has also indicated in local media that he is ready to stand for the top post.
The meeting is also expected to nominate and endorse candidates for the positions of Secretary-General, and Deputy Secretary-General.
Current Deputy SG Nangolo Mbumba was nominated and seconded for the position of Secretary-General during the last politbureau meeting, while those who were nominated to contest for the position of Deputy SG are Omaheke Regional Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua and Minister of Environment and Tourism, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.