Some Swapo-party MPs give notice not to return to Parly

28 Aug 2014 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 28 AUG (NAMPA) – Some ruling Swapo-Party ‘old guard’ and long-serving Members of Parliament (MPs) have given notice that they will not be returning to parliament in 2015.
Party Secretary-General (SG) Nangolo Mbumba said in a telephonic interview with Nampa on Thursday that although the MPs have indicated that they will not be available for next year’s parliament, they will still be attending the upcoming Electoral College - popularly known as ‘the Pot’ - as delegates and candidates, and will take part in the voting process.
Preparations for the Swapo-Party’s Electoral College set to start tomorrow and run until Sunday are in full swing, he added.
Although he refused to mention the names or give a specific number of MPs who have indicated that they will not return, a source close to this agency stated that long-serving politician and former Prime Minister from 2005 till 2012, Nahas Angula, is amongst those to have given a notification.
Other names which cropped up are Works and Transport Minister Erkki Nghimtina, who has graced the media pages recently due to the downgrading of the Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) as well as other State-owned entities under his guard; and Safety and Security Minister Immanuel Ngatjizeko too.
The only female parliamentarian to have given notice, Nampa has learned, is the Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Rosalia Nghidinwa, who has been a member of the National Assembly since 2000.
Meanwhile, Mbumba explained that the Electoral College will decide on those Swapo-Party members who will head the list of candidates for the upcoming National Assembly elections.
The Electoral College is expected to make for an interesting spectacle as the spotlight will be on older members trying to retain their seats; the implementation of the 50/50 representation of women; as well as newcomers vying for space on the highest platform of the political arena.
The official opening will be on Friday afternoon at Safari Hotel, and will be open to the media.
On Saturday, the agenda contains mainly internal work, followed by elections on Sunday and the announcement of the outcome.
Close to 215 candidates and delegates from the whole country are expected to partake in the event.