RDP accuses Ohangwena governor of politicising ECN meeting

19 Jun 2014 13:50pm
ONHUNO, 19 JUN (NAMPA) – The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) has accused the Ohangwena regional governor Usko Nghaamwa of using a meeting organised by the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) to campaign for the Swapo-Party.
At the time, Nghaamwa was presenting a welcoming address during an ECN consultative meeting on the use of the electronic voting machine (EVM) in the Ohangwena Constituency by-election at the constituency office at Onhuno settlement on Wednesday.
The RDP accused Nghaamwa of politicising the ECN meeting by “deliberately making a statement favouring the Swapo-Party instead of sticking to the agenda of the meeting”.
Representatives of the RDP were irked when Nghaamwa lashed out at one of the ECN voters’ education officials, Pohamba Hamutenya, and accused him of conducting voters’ education in the villages without informing his office or the acting constituency councillor.
Nghaamwa stated that the villagers could not accept Hamutenya because he went to them without the blessing of the regional governor’s office and/or that of the acting councillor of the Ohangwena Constituency.
Councillor Phillip Namundjebo of the Oshikango Constituency is at the same time the acting councillor of the Ohangwena Constituency, following the death of the former Ohangwena Constituency councillor Maria Tuleingepo Kombwana early last month.
Nghaamwa further irked the RDP representatives by narrating that he wants the Ohangwena Constituency by-election to peaceful, and that people should not drink together if they are not from the same political organisation/party.
“Honourable governor, we are not interested in your Swapo campaign. Who are you to educate us here and to divert us from the agenda of the meeting?” Dineinge Sheya of the RDP challenged Nghaamwa.
Sheya also referred to Nghaamwa as a newcomer to Swapo.
“We grew up in Swapo fighting for the independence of this country unlike you who just joined,” Sheya argued, adding that the Ohangwena regional governor is an amateur in politics.
The RDP candidate for the Ohangwena Constituency by-election, Vilho Shimwooshili, also joined the fray by accusing the ECN officials of allowing Nghaamwa to spoil the meeting with continuous irresponsible statements.
Shimwooshili told reporters after the meeting that Nghaamwa is dividing the people of the constituency by suggesting that they should not drink together if they are not from the same political party.
“This shows you that the Ohangwena Region is still in need of a leader who has the capacity to unite the residents, irrespective of their political affiliations,” Shimwooshili charged.
According to him, President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s dream for a united Namibian nation without discrimination on the ground of political orientation will not be realised if people with irresponsible and discriminatory attitudes are holding key positions in Government.
The same meeting heard that the ECN will use the EVMs for the first time in the country during the Ohangwena Constituency by-election, which is due to take place in the constituency on 05 August.