Swapo Kavango East Coordinator race in full throttle

22 Apr 2015 09:20am
RUNDU, 22 APR (NAMPA) - Nominations for the position of the Swapo-Party regional coordinator for the Kavango East Region are in full swing, with four women contesting the position.
The position became vacant after Johanna Kandjimi resigned to take up a seat in Parliament.
Kandjimi was number 14 on Swapo’s Parliamentary list, and is currently serving as one of the party’s backbenchers in the Sixth Parliament.
Former councillor for the Rundu Town Council Vicky Kauma, who has lost the position on several occasions, is again vying for the post along with Bertha Dinyando, the wife of the late former Namibian Ambassador to Austria Rafael Dinyando and Marceline Kahare, the Swapo-Party district Coordinator for Ndiyona district.
The fourth candidate is Othilie Shinduvi, a member of the central committee of the Swapo-Party Women's Council (SPWC).
Swapo’s acting regional coordinator for that region, Eric Tjandja told Nampa on Wednesday the party’s extra-ordinary conference to elect a new coordinator will be held this Friday.
The party regional executive committee did the verification of eligible candidates last Friday before sending them to the party’s politburo for final vetting.
The Swapo-Party has six districts in the Kavango East region which are Rundu Rural, Rundu Urban, Mashare, Ndiyona, Ndonga-Linena and Mukwe.
Tjandja earlier explained that each district was instructed to nominate one female candidate, because the party's two top positions in the region are occupied by men.
This is in accordance with the party’s 50/50 Constitutional gender representation.
Tjandja is the party’s regional mobiliser, while Engelbert Muyenga is the treasurer.
The party's national leaders assigned to the region, Marco Hausiku and Jerry Ekandjo are expected to attend the extra-ordinary regional conference.