Awisa postpones election of office bearers

15 May 2016 13:40pm
WINDHOEK , 15 MAY (NAMPA) - No new members were elected for the African Women in Sport Association (Awisa) Executive Committee as the general assembly elective meeting which took place in Windhoek, had to be postponed on Saturday.
The two-day congress and second general assembly started on Friday, but the elective meeting was postponed so that the 1998 Awisa constitution can be amended so it can make reference to the African Union (AU)’s five regions.
This will replace the seven zones referred to when the AU was still known as the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).
Updating Nampa on the developments on Sunday, Awisa secretary-general Carol Garoes, who holds the same position in the Namibia Women in Sport Association (Nawisa), said after realising Saturday that elections could not take place before the amendments, a five-member committee was appointed to amend the constitution.
“The Awisa constitution was drafted in accordance with the OAU guidelines but we have to change it to AU so that we do not refer to seven zones, but to five regions,” she said.
Garoes said the committee is made up of members from Namibia, Zambia, Gambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Egypt who were given three months to amend the constitution before it can be adopted.
They are expected to meet in Mauritius after which a special general assembly will be called to conduct the elections.
“We have proposed that the special general assembly elections be held in Kenya or Gambia,” Garoes said.
The Awisa Executive Committee comprises a president, vice president, secretary general, five regional directors and a treasurer.
Currently the committee is led by Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana as president and chairperson; vice president Rebecca Cubagee; Teres Marcal Borges as treasurer and Garoes as secretary-general and seven zonal directors.
They were elected at the first Awisa meeting held 18 years ago in Windhoek.
Nawisa was introduced in May 1998 to promote women in sport in Namibia.
The headquarters of Awisa, with 31 members, are in Windhoek.