Kandumbu to take up a seat in Parliament

14 Apr 2015 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 14 APR (NAMPA) – The Swapo-Party political bureau has formally decided that party member Marina Kandumbu, who was convicted of corruption late last year, should take up her seat in the National Assembly (NA).
The party’s Secretary General (SG), Nangolo Mbumba in a media statement here, revealed this on Tuesday.
“The political bureau, which met on Monday deliberated fully on the issue of whether Comrade Marina Kandumbu should take up a seat in the National Assembly,” he said.
Mbumba said the bureau resolved that Kandumbu be allowed to take up her seat in Parliament.
Last month, media reports had it that the ruling Swapo-Party had asked her to either voluntarily withdraw from the Swapo Parliament list or have the party remove her.
Kandumbu was last year convicted of corruption in Rundu for leasing her subsidised government house.
She held position number 70 on Swapo’s 96-member list.
Magistrate Helen Olayia in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court found her guilty of 55 counts of corruption and Kandumbu was fined N.dollars 100 000 or five years’ imprisonment, of which N.dollars 90 000 or four years were suspended on condition that she repays N.dollars 87 887 of the subsidy she received in 31 instalments of N.dollars 3 000 from 27 November 2014.
Local media reports have it that in a letter dated 15 March 2015, Mbumba informed Kandumbu that the leadership of the party wanted her to consider a voluntary withdrawal from the Parliament list due to the nature of her case.
“The leadership of the party shall withdraw you from the list should you fail to do it yourself,” Mbumba was quoted as saying.
According to the reports, the party’s then vice-president and now President of Namibia, Hage Geingob intervened and called on Mbumba to make arrangements for Kandumbu to be sworn in, in a bid to uphold his policy of inclusivity.
At the moment, there is not a Swapo-Party member from the Kavango West Region represented in Parliament, except for Hamunyera Hambyuka who was not elected but made it as one of former President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s 10 appointees.
Approached for comment on the political bureau's decision, Kandumbu declined to respond but informed this agency that she had not received formal communication regarding the matter.