Swapo gala dinner raises N.dollars 8.6 million

16 Nov 2014 12:10pm
ONGWEDIVA, 16 NOV (NAMPA) – A fundraising gala dinner organised by a committee chaired by businessman Ben Hauwanga of the BH Group of Companies for the Swapo-Party raised more than N.dollars 8.6 million on Friday.
The gala dinner, attended by the Swapo-Party’s presidential candidate Dr Hage Geingob and the party's secretary-general Nangolo Mbumba, was held at Ongwediva on Friday.
Oshikango-based foreign-owned companies contributed the highest amount of money to the Swapo-Party’s coffers.
These companies are Ezzy Import and Export (N.dollars 2.2 million), International Commercial (N.dollars 1.5 million) and Dragon City (N.dollars 1 million).
Another business entity owned by Indian business personalities, Ranni Traders, contributed N.dollars 400 000.
Local businessman Joshua Haimbodi of the Emirates business company opened the fundraising event by pledging N.dollars 500 000.
Benz Building Suppliers and Fysal Fresh Produce are the other local businesses that contributed N.dollars 500 000, while Hauwanga's BH Group of Companies pledged N.dollars 200 000.
The vice-chairperson of the gala dinner organising committee and chairperson of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI)’s northern branch, Tomas Iindji told those present that the money collected is for the Swapo-Party election campaign and celebrations thereafter.
Veterans' Affairs Minister Dr Nickey Iyambo, Trade and Industry Minister Calle Schlettwein, Finance Minister Saara Kuugolwa-Amadhila, Gender Equality and Child Welfare Minister Rosalia Nghidinwa, and Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana were also present.