WINDHOEK: The Swapo-Party’s Otjozondjupa regional conference will be held on 27 October this year after it was earlier declared null and void.
Swapo-Party Secretary-General Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana announced on Sunday that the Swapo-Party Central Committee (CC) meeting has directed that the region holds its conference on that date without fail.
The CC meeting took place on Friday, and ended on Sunday morning in the capital.
Otjozondjupa is the only region left which did not finalise its regional conference.
THE Swapo-Party secretariat had declared the party’s Otjozondjupa regional conference held on 19 July null and void due to allegations that the party’s constitution was violated, and procedures were not followed at the Okahandja district conference.
It was reported in a local daily newspaper that the Okahandja district leadership felt that they were being sidelined by the national leaders assigned to the Otjozondjupa Region and the party’s regional office at Otjiwarongo.
It was alleged that Swapo national leaders assigned to the Otjozondjupa Region allowed members of opposition parties such as the United Democratic Front (UDF), the Congress of Democrats (CoD), and the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) to vote at what was supposed to be a Swapo-Party meeting.
That meeting was convened by Steve ‘Biko’ Booys, which was not procedurally correct, and was attended by Prof Peter Katjavivi, one of the national leaders assigned to the Otjozondjupa Region.
Other national leaders in attendance were Moses Amweelo, Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Home Affairs’ Minister Elia Kaiyamo and Deputy Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein.
The Okahandja district leadership said at no stage were they involved in ‘appointing’ Booys as acting district coordinator.
Iivula-Ithana also announced that the Swapo-Party congress will be held in Windhoek from 29 November to 2 December this year.