12 Jun 2017 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 12 JUN (NAMPA) The 6th Swapo-party Ordinary Congress will be held from 23 to 26 November this year in the capital.
A Swapo Central Committee (CC) meeting on Saturday endorsed the proposal by the Politburo to have the elective congress on that date.
The congress is the highest decision-making organ of the party and its duties involve review of the party policies and election of the party leadership.
The upcoming congress is crucial as it will confirm acting Swapo President, Hage Geingob, as party president. The position will not be contested.
Geingob, who is the partys vice-president, is acting as Swapo president after former Swapo President Hifikepunye Pohamba resigned as leader of the ruling party in 2015, some 30 days after he handed over State power to Geingob.
The congress will elect the vice-president, who is likely to be the next Swapo presidential candidate after Geingob serves his two terms as country president.
The congress will also elect the secretary-general (SG) and deputy SG, positions currently occupied by Nangolo Mbumba and Laura McLeod-Katjirua, respectively.
A statement issued on Monday on the outcome of the CC meeting said the gathering also endorsed the decision of the Politburo to accept the outcome of the Grootfontein District conference.
That conference took place last month and elected new district coordinator, John Haimbodi; district mobilisation officer Lovisa Iyambo, and Anna Ochurus as new district treasurer.
It has been reported that the district executive had endorsed Geingob as its candidate for party president.
The CC meeting also resolved to extend the term of office of the founding Rector of the Swapo School to three years.
The rectors term was initially set for 12 months. Former Deputy Prime Minister Marco Hausiku serves in this position.
The CC meeting was attended by Pohamba, Founding President Sam Nujoma, and President Hage Geingob, who officially opened the meeting.
Before they commenced with discussions, participants observed a minute of silence in remembrance of the liberation struggle icon, Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, who passed away on Friday in Windhoek.