Details have emerged of a meeting within the top four which was convened by President Hifikepunye Pohamba where he summoned the top four to ask whether any one of them wanted to contest any other post in the party.
In that meeting, Iivula-Ithana told those present that she wanted to contest Hage Geingob’s post as the Swapo Party’s VP.
It has also emerged that in a separate meeting attended by the top four, Hage Geingob complained that Iivula-Ithana, was using his campaign information to launch her own counter moves.
Geingob told the meeting that Iivula-Ithana, as the SG, was privy to the information since it was sent to the party structures through her office. The meetings were attended by President Pohamba, Geingob, Iivula-Ithana, and her deputy, Nangolo Mbumba.
Pohamba above board
Details of a plenary committee meeting involving the top four, way before the campaigns started have also emerged.
President Pohamba, in a direct move, opened the succession discussion by informing them that he wants his ‘team to remain in their positions’.
Pohamba went on to ask them ‘if they are ready to continue’ only Iivula-Ithana raised her hand and replied saying she was ready but not in her current position.
It was then that Pohamba advised her against such a risk (challenging Geingob’s position), as she might end up losing everything as she will not be able to keep her position.
It was also in that meeting that the plenary committee advised Pohamba against informing the central committee on his preferred choice for the candidacy, ‘arguing that it was too early’.
According to the details at The Villager’s disposal, all candidates knew of Pohamba’s preference for Hage Geingob from day one.It now remains to be seen this weekend whether the delegates will stick with the President or defy his wish.
Privy to information
According to the minutes of the second meeting, Geingob had written to the Four O regions in the North informing them that he was coming to campaign in the area. The letter was also copied to the office of the SG.
“I called the SG and informed her that the October 26 date that she wanted to be in our region is the same day that the VP was coming. So I asked her to postpone her campaign. In the end she came on November 3,” said Omusati regional coordinator Eugenius Endjala yesterday.
But that was not taken lightly by Geingob who called for a meeting with the rest of the top four to air his concerns that Iivula-Ithana was interfering in campaigns.
His argument was that Iivula-Ithana is privy to his campaign schedule since all the information to the party structures was channeled through her as the SG.
But Iivula-Ithana claimed in the meeting that when she wrote her letter to Omusati, she had not seen Geingob’s letter and that the clash of dates was a mere coincidence. This could explain why Pohamba began by-passing her when he called the regions to support Geingob.