16 Jul 2014 14:20pm
OPUWO, 16 JUL (NAMPA) Swapo-Party members in the newly established Opuwo Rural Constituency has elected Tumbee Tjirora as their district coordinator during their first-ever district conference held at Otuani village on Sunday.
Otuani village is situated 80 kilometres south-west of Opuwo and is the proposed district centre of the new constituency.
Tjirora stood for the position unchallenged. Another name that surfaced for the same position was that of Tjakazapi Mbunguha, whose nomination was not seconded.
Tjirora was the third Swapo-Party regional coordinator for Kunene after Independence, a position he served in from 1991 to 1996.
Kahimbona Musaso has been elected as district information and mobilisation officer. He too stood unopposed.
Musaso has served the party in a number of positions at district level. She was a town councillor in the Opuwo Town Council from 2004 to 2009, and is currently representing the Swapo-Party Womens Council in the Opuwo Urban district executive.
Uauirako Katupa has been voted district treasurer after going up against three other candidates.
The conference was attended by 72 delegates from six branches, of which 42 voters were in favour of Katupa for the position. Two of the other candidates - Kanjandere Kae and Tjakazapi Mbunguha - each obtained 12 votes, while Erika Ndjai Muteze obtained five votes, and one voter abstained.
The new district was established after recommendation by the Fourth Delimitation Commission last year. It was part of the Opuwo Constituency before Opuwo was divided into two constituencies - Opuwo Urban and Opuwo Rural.
The Swapo-Party District Coordinator for Opuwo Urban, Tuarungua Kavari who is also the mayor of Opuwo, told Nampa the conference was conducted in a free and fair manner and the positions are well distributed as one woman and two men were elected.
The voters demonstrated maturity in politics and they also considered the issue of gender in the process, indicating that the party policies are being followed at all levels, Kavari noted.
The conference was facilitated by the chairperson of the national leaders assigned to the Kunene Region, Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, Charles Namoloh.
The Deputy Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Angelika Muharukua also attended the conference as one of the national leaders assigned to Kunene.