Swapo-Party constitution amendments approved

23 Jun 2013 05:40
WINDHOEK, 23 JUN (NAMPA) - The Swapo-Party?s extra-ordinary congress on Saturday amended the party?s constitution to bring about 50/50 representation of men and women in the Swapo-Party?s organs and structures.
About 500 party members have convened at Swakopmund in the Erongo Region to attend the Swapo-Party?s extra-ordinary congress aimed at discussing and adopting amendments to the party?s constitution.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba said the provision is ?a significant and commendable step? which ?heralds the long aspired to objective of introducing 50/50 men and women representation in all party organs and structures?.
Pohamba indicated that Namibian women have made sacrifices for the struggle for independence, freedom and social justice.
?The time has come for women to take their rightful place in the party structures and leadership so that they can contribute meaningfully to the development of Namibia,? said the Head of State, who also serves as the president of the Swapo-Party.
He said the amended constitution has brought the party new momentum for effective operation and management of the party affairs, as well as the strengthening of the regional structures and effective mechanisms for the deployment of Swapo-Party cadres to the structures of Government at national, regional and local authorities.
The extra-ordinary congress has, for the first time, also introduced mechanisms to strengthen the party through the establishment of a disciplinary committee.
The amended constitution has further strengthened the party?s Secretariat through the provision of new departments to deal with a number of challenges effectively. This includes a department of food security, amongst other things.
Pohamba indicated that the party has once again demonstrated the necessary maturity and resolved to conduct its affairs in the spirit of comradeship, unity and above all, commitment to the party and country during the congress.
?Namibia has gained. The Swapo-Party has emerged united and strong to fulfil the governance mandate and the leadership entrusted upon it by the Namibian electorate,? he said.
The congress was officially opened on Friday evening, and it ended Saturday evening.