Results of Swapo's Olukonda conference condemned

16 Sep 2015 10:50am
ONGWEDIVA, 16 SEP (NAMPA) – Coordinator of the Swapo party for the Olukonda District in the Oshikoto Region, Simon Shimbudhi, has denied that he dubiously retained his position during the party’s elective conference held last month.
Disgruntled members of the party in the district complained that Shimbudhi deliberately organised the conference in such a manner that only party members of “minimal political understanding” plus old members of the district leadership attended.
“As a result, no credible election could take place and those in the new leadership were picked without party election procedures being followed,” claimed one of disgruntled members, who preferred to remain unnamed.
He alleged that most members who participated in such elective conference, were not paid-up members as required by the party's election rules and procedures.
According to this source, many of the conference participants were easily manipulated by the old members of the district leadership to re-elect them.
The conference aimed to elect the district’s new coordinator, information and mobilisation secretary, and treasurer.
It was also held in preparation of the Regional and Local Authorities’ elections that are scheduled to take place in November this year.
Shimbudhi and Sacky Ekandjo (treasurer) retained their positions, while Selma Shikongo was elected as a new member of the district’s top-three in charge of information and mobilisation.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday, Shimbudhi said those who are complaining are telling lies and they are doing so out of frustration for losing the contest at the conference.
“They are fabricating and attempting to tarnish the image of procedurally-elected leaders for reasons only known to them,” he said.
The conference and its results are final and there will be no second conference, Shimbudhi stressed, while demanding to know why the complainants could not express their concern during the conference.
Approached for comment on Tuesday, Ekandjo also denied that the conference was flawed.
“The conference took place at the Olukonda Constituency office for both Olukonda and Oniipa Swapo districts and it was presided over by the party's regional coordinator, Armas Amukwiyu, who accepted the results,” said Ekandjo.
He pointed out that district conferences for Olukonda and Oniipa were held on the same day and venue because of the urgency of the party’s ongoing restructuring process that is to be completed in all districts before the Regional and Local Authorities' elections.
On his part, Amukwiyu expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the conference, saying it was conducted as per the party's rules and procedures of elections.
“The quorum was met 97 per cent at that conference. Therefore, I have no reason not to accept the outcome,” Amukwiyu replied.