Namibian women do not vote for fellow women:Geingob

23 Aug 2015 10:50am
OSHAKATI, 23 AUG (NAMPA) – Namibian women are the majority in the country but yet are unwilling to vote for one another for both political and Government positions.
Speaking at Oshakati during a meeting with over 500 members of the Oshana Region community on Friday, President Hage Geingob said Namibian women are not deprived of the opportunity to become leaders.
“Women do not vote for one another despite that they are in the majority; something is wrong somewhere,” he said.
The Head of State was responding to a concern expressed by former Oshakati mayor and business personality, Katrina Shimbulu, who moaned that the 10-member Oshana Regional Council has only one female member for years.
A case in point is when the only woman who participated in a Swapo-Party elective conference for the Onyaanya District a few months ago received only her own vote, because members of the conference, most of them women, opted to vote for the male candidates.
The district conference elected the Swapo Party candidate for the Onyaanya Constituency by-election, following the appointment of that constituency’s former councillor, Henock Kankoshi, as the new governor of the Oshikoto Region earlier this year.
Geingob, however, expressed satisfaction that the 50/50 gender representation is gaining momentum in the Namibian Parliament, adding that the country’s women representation now stands at 47 per cent.
“We are in the second position on the African continent and it is only Rwanda ahead of us with 60 per cent of women in parliament,” the president explained.
He added that Namibia has powerful women in the likes of Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila and her deputy Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
Speaking on behalf of the Ondangwa community, George Itembu said Ondangwa lags behind in development because of the absence of proper planning.
He then demanded for the construction of a number of institutions at the town such as the Ministry of Finance; Social Security Commission (SSC); Namibia Traffic Information System (NaTIS); and a fully-fledged hospital to supplement the dilapidating Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital.
Hundreds of Oshana Region community members, including regional and local authority councillors, traditional leaders and business personalities attended the meeting which is part of Geingob's strategy to interact with community members in the regions.
The president held a similar meeting at Outapi in the Omusati Region on Thursday.
While in Ondangwa, Geingob inaugurated the new three-storey office complex of the Oshana Regional Council and the newly-built Ondangwa Airport terminal.