Oshana Region's three serving councillors voted out

07 Oct 2015 09:10am


Oshana regional councillors Joseph Kapya Endjala, Vinia Abisai and Aram Martin suffered defeat during the Swapo Party primaries held at their respective districts and constituencies on Sunday and Monday.

The coordinator of the Swapo Party in the Oshana Region, Erastus Kapolo confirmed this to Nampa in an interview at Oshakati on Tuesday. Endjala will be replaced by Gerson Hanu Kapenda, while Abisai and Martin lost the elections to Andreas Uutoni and Johannes Andreas respectively.

Kapenda is a local businessman, Uutoni is employed as a corporate communications officer of the Ongwediva Town Council and Andreas is a retired Colonel of the Namibia Defence Force (NDF). Kapolo said the elections of Swapo's candidates for the Regional Council and Local Authority Elections in the Oshana Region were concluded on Monday and endorsed by the party headquarters in Windhoek.

"It was conducted according to our intra-party election procedures and no paid-up member was denied the opportunity to stand for elections," he noted. He expressed concern about women who are not availing themselves to be elected as regional councillors.

Elia Irimari, who is a former Namibian Students' Organisation (Nanso) activist and now a local teacher, has been elected as the Swapo Party's candidate for the Ondangwa Urban Constituency.

Ondangwa this time around is divided into the two constituencies of Ondangwa Urban and Ondangwa Rural. The incumbent councillor of Ondangwa Constituency, Abraham Kaushiweni Alfeus was elected as candidate for the Ondangwa Rural Constituency.

Regional councillors who retained their positions are Rosalia Shilenga of the Okatana Constituency; Adolf Uunona (Ompundja); Lotto Kuushomwa (Oshakati East); Andreas Amundjindi (Uukwiyuushona); Joseph Mupetami (Okatyali) and Amutenya Ndahafa (Uuvudhiya). Kuushomwa is also the chairperson of the Oshana Regional Council, while Martin and Shilenga are members of the National Council representing the Oshana Region. Shilenga is the only female candidate.