21 Apr 2015 07:10am
KATIMA MULILO, 21 APR (NAMPA) Members of the Swapo-Party in some branches within the Sibbinda Constituency are in a desperate attempt to have the recent restructuring results nullified, following claims of the partys constitutional irregularities.
On Monday, George Walikupo, a Makolonga branch representative, told Nampa that the restructuring process at the constituency has been marred by irregularities, as those in charge of the district, including Sibbinda Constituency councillor Ignatius Chunga, are not adhering to the partys constitution and directives.
Walikupo said the process, which took place at the Makolonga and Kapolota branches on 12 April, was not free and fair as some old members of the branches were not supposed to be restructured and that some were intimidated by name-calling.
It is further claimed that some members were not allowed to exercise their right to vote through the secret ballot system but by raising hands in favour of their candidates. It is also alleged that the restructuring committee gave a go-ahead for foreign nationals to take part in the process.
Walikupo added that the matter has been brought to the attention of the Swapo Zambezi regional coordinator, Linus Mafale but he is allegedly not taking action or addressing the matter with the relevant branch representatives.
We are now appealing to the Swapo-Party secretary-general, Nangolo Mbumba to look into what transpired during the process at the two branches Makolonga and Kapolota - as the manner in which the district leaders handled it was unconstitutional, Walikupo said.
In a letter of complaint addressed to Mafale by some members of the two disgruntled branches, they also seek to halt alleged night meetings taking place between some members, who are allegedly plotting on how to vote for themselves at the restructuring occasions.
We have requested an urgent action and response before the situation results beyond our limit and out of control, because we are not satisfied about the restructuring, reads part of the letter.
When contacted, Mafale told Nampa that he is not aware of any complaints regarding the ongoing restructuring process at the Sibbinda Constituency.
I did not receive any letter nor any complaints from anybody since the whole restructuring process started. I am currently out of office attending to other matters. Therefore, I cannot say what I will do until the matter is brought to my attention, he said.
Attempts to get hold of Swapo-Party Sibbinda district coordinator, Clement Tubusange and councillor Chunga for further comments proved futile as their private mobile phones were switched off.
The restructuring process of Swapo-Party branches follows the recently amended Constitution, which stipulates that the term of office for the District Executive Committee members shall be four years, instead of the initial three years in office.
The whole restructuring process of branches countrywide is expected to be concluded by 25 June 2015, in time for preparations for the Regional and Local Authority Elections.