Grootfontein Swapo members demonstrate against candidates

20 Oct 2015 11:30am
GROOTFONTEIN, 20 OCT (NAMPA) – Some Swapo members at Grootfontein on Monday staged a peaceful demonstration against the party’s candidates to contest the Regional Council and Local Authority Elections next month.
Close to 200 Swapo members marched from the Omulunga residential area to Grootfontein’s Swapo offices in the central business district, chanting liberation struggle songs and carrying placards with various messages against the nominees.
The majority of demonstrators were dressed in Swapo colours: blue, red and green.
The group handed over a petition to the Grootfontein Swapo District Coordinator, Abisai Haimene.
They demand a thorough screening of the Swapo candidates who will represent the party in the Regional Council and Local Authority Elections on 27 November 2015.
The list of candidates for the Grootfontein Local Authority is dominated by incumbent councillors.
Haimene tops the list, followed by current Grootfontein Mayor, Emma Taukuheke who has been a councillor since 1995.
The Grootfontein Town Council’s management committee former chairperson, Johan Spangenberg, who resigned from his council position in June this year, is also featuring on the list.
Other candidates include Markus Shinyemba, Priscilla Gaweses, Jack Tsanigab and Laurentia Josef.
The disgruntled section of Swapo members stated that the current Grootfontein Regional Constituency Councillor, Nelao Amagulu who is also nominated to contest for that position, as well as Taukuheke and Haimene must “pack and go home” because they have been unproductive leaders for the past years.
The group also wants to know why the six branches of the Swapo Party district in Grootfontein – Peter Mweshihange, Kahumba Kandola, Alina Shikongo, Rakututa, Okahenge and Maxuilili - were allegedly excluded in the district's executive meeting where these candidates were elected.
They then called on President Hage Geingob to intervene in their internal squabbles and permanently resolve these alleged Swapo divisions in the Grootfontein district.
Haimene received the petition and promised to forward it to the relevant offices in the capital.