Kapembe wants Swapo's Oniipa coordinator suspended

10 Jul 2013 08:10
ONGWEDIVA, 10 JUL (NAMPA) - A suspended member of the Swapo-Party?s Oniipa District executive committee, Eddy Kapembe, has suggested that the party?s coordinator for the said district should be recalled.
Kapembe made the call for Jerry Ngwena to be recalled in a media statement availed to Nampa this week.
?He should be recalled for violating the party constitution and breaching the code of conduct by victimising his subordinate comrades with the purpose to advance himself,? the executive committee member said.
He is accusing Ngwena of trying to misuse the Swapo district office ?to advance the personal differences which exist between them?, which he says is in conflict with the Swapo-Party code of conduct.
Kapembe was suspended in April this year during an urgent meeting of the Oniipa Swapo-Party District executive committee after being accused of having issued death threats against Dr Hage Geingob, the party?s vice-president, at cuca shops in Ondangwa.
?Coordinator Jerry Ngwena and his district executive committee must come clean or face legal consequences. I have been waiting for them to come up with findings of their investigations and prove how I allegedly made assassination threat remarks against the Prime Minister of our republic, who is also the vice-president of our party, Swapo,? Kapembe?s statement read.
He further pointed out that he has not yet been served with a suspension letter since he was verbally suspended by the Oniipa Swapo-Party executive committee.
?They must come clean with the matter, or face legal action for the very serious allegations they have made against me with no reasons,? Kapembe charged, adding that he is a person of good character who respects the laws which protect the rights of every Namibian citizen.
?I am respectful of the Swapo-Party constitution, the party procedures and code of conduct of the Swapo-Party which Ngwena is trying to violate and neglect,? he stated.
He further claimed that Ngwena misled the district executive into authorising his suspension by falsely telling it that he was instructed by the office of the regional coordinator, Armas Amukwiyu and that of the party?s secretary-general, Nangolo Mbumba, to suspend him.
?On 24 April (2013), Ngwena intimidated the district executive committee members, saying that if they do not want to vote for me to be suspended, the highest authority will dissolve the whole executive,? Kapembe noted.
Mbumba however refuted the claims that he allowed Kapembe?s suspension, while Amukwiyu denied any knowledge of the suspension when this news agency contacted him shortly after the suspension.
Kapembe said he believes the people who are against him ?are people from bad historical backgrounds? and ?newcomers to the political arena?.
?They are the people, who were only elected into party positions as jobseekers, and not because of their political maturity,? alleged Kapembe, who claimed to have supported Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana when she vied for the position of Swapo-Party vice-president during the party?s elective congress last year.
He further alleged that there are certain people in the Swapo-Party who are ?trying to misuse Dr Hage Geingob?s name with the purpose of advancing their personal interests?.
Approached for comment, Ngwena wanted to know if Kapembe ?is suffering from a mental disorder?. He also called on him to wait patiently until he is presented with the findings of the investigations into his matter.
?He is not expelled, hence we did not serve him with a suspension letter,? he said, before declining to shed more light on Kapembe?s suspension.