WINDHOEK: The Swapo-Party Central Committee has lifted former Tsumeb Constituency Regional Councillor Nico Kaiyamo’s suspension.
The Secretary-General (SG) of the Swapo-Party, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, made this announcement on Sunday at a media briefing called to give the outcome of the party’s Central Committee (CC) meeting, which started here on Friday.
“The Central Committee of Swapo, which was specifically called for the convening of this year’s party congress, deliberated over various issues, amongst those to lift with immediate effect the suspension of Nico Kaiyamo,” she said.
Responding to the media on what the CC’s reasons were for lifting the suspension, Iivula -Ithana said the Oshikoto Swapo-Party Regional Executive Committee informed the Swapo Politburo about the events that unfolded up to his suspension.
Thus, they would also be the right people to ask about Kaiyamo’s suspension.
Iivula-Ithana, however, said since his suspension, Kaiyamo remained committed in upholding the party’s constitution.
The Namibian Sun daily newspaper reported on 29 May 2012 that Kaiyamo was suspended in 2010 for his alleged role in the formation of the Tsumeb Ratepayers’ Association (TRA), which served as a rival to Swapo and other political parties.
The association existed before independence, and was formed to monitor and challenge the operations of the Tsumeb Town Counci. It has on numerous occasions come out with guns blazing against the Swapo-led Tsumeb Town Council.
Following media reports, Kaiyamo has since his suspension defended his involvement with the TRA, stating that he continued to promote the ideals of the Swapo-Party Constitution even when on suspension.
Meanwhile, the SG also announced the withdrawal of Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah from the contest for the position of Deputy Secretary-General.
“Nandi-Ndaitwah gave her reasons for her withdrawal during the CC meeting in that she wanted to withdraw to give room to young members of the party,” Iivula-Ithana stated.
In the race now for the position of Deputy Secretary -General is Omaheke Regional Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua, and Education Minister Abraham Iyambo.
The Swapo Central Committee meeting ended in the capital on Sunday morning.