Swapo seniors urged not to join “movement”

12 Feb 2017 11:10am
KEETMANSHOOP, 12 FEB (NAMPA) – Swapo Party regional coordinator (RC) for //Kharas, Matheus Mumbala warned delegates to the regional Swapo Party Elders’ Council (SPEC) congress in Keetmanshoop on Saturday, to refrain from joining any movement.
Without being specific, the RC was referring to the Landless People’s Movement recently introduced by Swapo Party member and former Deputy Minister of Land Reform Bernadus Swartbooi – who vacated his post late last year after unflattering public utterances against his senior, Land Reform Minister Utoni Nujoma.
Mumbala urged party elders to be “very careful” to avoid being persuaded into joining the movement.
“Do not allow yourselves to be used. People will come to you with sweet words, but you should reject such smooth talk. Be careful who you associate with,” he said.
He reminded the senior party members of their allegiance to Swapo.
“Besides Swapo, your only other allegiance should be to your church. Remember that Swapo Party was formerly a movement, so when people come to you with nice words, know that ‘movement’ is something else,” Mumbala said.
He said the Swapo Party had its own agenda and structures in place where members could raise issues and concerns.
“Bring your problems to the party, discuss it in the structures, do not go outside,” he said.
The congress over the weekend convened to elect its new regional leadership for the next five-year term.
An announcement on the election outcome for a new secretary, assistant secretary, secretary for information and mobilisation and treasurer will be made in due course, Mumbala said.
The congress was attended by delegates from all seven constituencies of the //Kharas Region.
Chairperson of the Swapo leaders assigned to the region Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, SPEC secretary Mukwaita Shanyengana, outgoing SPEC regional secretary Anna Marie Pieter and regional treasurer David Shoombe opened the event.