Anti-Geingob conspirators observed in Erongo

23 Jun 2016 18:40pm
SWAKOPMUND, 23 JUN (NAMPA) - Some Swapo leaders in Erongo are allegedly carrying out underground campaigns to unseat Swapo’s acting president Hage Geingob, the party’s regional coordinator here said on Wednesday.
Confirming what he had said at a media conference on Monday, Philipus Heita repeated that some leaders in the region are forming factions in the party structures with the intention to make sure Geingob is not elected as Swapo-party president at its elective congress next year.
Their alleged modus operandi is to appoint in regional structures those who will not support the election of Geingob.
“What you do to Geingob today could happen to you tomorrow. These things of pulling others down should end so that we remain a united party,” he stressed.
The Swapo Central Committee in April last year decided that Geingob, who is the current Namibian president, should act as Swapo president until the party holds an extraordinary congress in 2017.
This follows Swapo president and former Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s resignation as leader of the ruling party, some 30 days after he handed over State power to Geingob.
Heita urged all Swapo members to avoid causing division in the party.
“Let us support Hage Geingob so that he can also serve his two full terms just like others who served before him,” he appealed.
Heita also noted that Swapo is a political party for all tribes and all Namibians, therefore those who think it belongs to a certain tribe only are “misinformed.”
Approached for comment on Tuesday, Swapo Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba said he will not comment on what Heita said as he did not hear it directly from him.
He said Heita was speaking about matters he had observed in his region and it has not been communicated to him as yet.
Asked whether he observed such practices in the party, Mbumba said he is not aware of any conspiracy against Geingob.
“We have said several times last year that Geingob is the president of the country and the party. If there are other things happening, we remain firm on the principles of the party; we follow our constitution and regulations,” he said
Mbumba noted that if there are things in the regions that are not in line with the Swapo constitution, those who make themselves guilty of such practices do not deserve to be leading members of the party.