Do not campaign for positions yet: Kandjimi

15 May 2014 16:00pm
RUNDU, 15 MAY (NAMPA) - The Swapo-Party Coordinator for the Kavango East Region, Johanna Kandjimi says Swapo members in the two Kavango regions’ newly-established constituencies should not campaign for positions until next year.
The Fourth Delimitation Commission of Namibia - responsible for making recommendations on the country's administrative divisions - suggested in August 2013 that the Kavango Region be split into the Kavango East and West regions, and that five new constituencies be created.
These new constituencies are Ndonga Linena, Ncamagoro, Mankupi, Tondoro and Nkurenkuru.
Speaking during the official handing-over ceremony of 39 Swapo-Party branches from the Rundu Rural West and Rundu Rural East districts which were merged into the Rundu Urban district here on Wednesday, Kandjimi said those intending to vie for positions should wait until 2015 when the regional and local authority elections are held.
She thus urged party members and supporters to instead concentrate on campaigning for Swapo’s presidential candidate, Dr Hage Geingob, so that their party could attain a landslide victory and govern the country for the next five years again.
The Presidential and National Assembly elections are slated for November this year.
Some Swapo members have allegedly already started campaigning ‘behind the scenes’ for positions in the new constituencies.
The coordinator, therefore, cautioned party members that anyone who is found campaigning for such positions would be disciplined.
Kandjimi also urged Swapo-Party members and supporters not to be bribed with material things by opposition political parties, but to stand firm for the ruling party.
The Republican Party (RP) recently donated bicycles to residents of the Ncaute village, situated some 60km south of Rundu, something that did not go down well with the ruling party.
The official handing-over ceremony of the 39 branches was witnessed by the new Kavango West Governor, Sirkka Ausiku, and several regional councillors.
Kandjimi furthermore urged women not to lag behind, but to stand up and compete for positions now that the party has adopted a 50/50 gender representation in its constitution.
She said the appointment of Ausiku as the first female Governor for the Kavango West Region should serve as a motivating factor for women to stand for political positions.