SIBBINDA: The Katima Rural district conference which was nullified by the Swapo-Party politburo early last month, will now only take place after the Sibbinda Constituency by-election slated for this coming Friday.
The Swapo-Party Politburo on 14 August declared the party’s Caprivi regional conference null and void because of alleged tribal disputes in a number of branches in the Katima Rural District.
The party’s Caprivi regional acting coordinator, Linus Mafale told Nampa on Monday that preparations for the Katima Rural district conference are currently on hold until after the by-election.
He said the party’s leadership in the Caprivi Region is currently concentrating on retaining its seat in the Sibbinda Constituency.
The Katima Rural district had 25 Swapo-Party branches under the leadership of the late Ernest Likando, who was Masubia, until 2005, when former governor Leonard Mwilima (Mafwe) took over, leading to fights over the number of branches in that district.
An interim decision was then taken to reduce the number of branches to 20.
Two conferences were held for the Katima Rural District last month. The one district conference was held with representatives of 26 branches, while another conference was held with representatives of 20 branches, leading to all elections being nullified.
At the first conference, the Mafwe were in the majority, while the second conference saw mostly Masubia in attendance.
Meanwhile, residents of the Sibbinda Constituency go to the polls this Friday to elect a new councillor.
The by-election was necessitated by the death of the late Sibbinda Constituency Councillor Felix Mukupi, who died in a car accident on 16 June this year.