Swapo's Hikopua denies abusing position

28 Jun 2017 09:00am
OTJIWARONGO, 28 JUN (NAMPA) - Swapo-party Coordinator for the Otjozondjupa Region, Susan Hikopua said she followed all outlined procedures and rules of the party during the restructuring processes held so far in the region.
Hikopua said this in response to a demonstration on Monday by nearly 50 Swapo members, who claimed she abused her position and conducted illegal restructuring exercises in the districts of Okahandja, Tsumkwe, Grootfontein and Omatako.
They want her investigated for corruption and bribery, and subsequently removed from the entire restructuring processes and from her position as party coordinator.
Hikopua told Nampa on Tuesday that if she was wrong in the restructuring exercise, the demonstrators should call her to order, not demonstrate against her and their party.
“Why don’t they follow the procedure and inform our headquarters of my illegal dealings against the party?” she queried.
Hikopua said those concerned about the restructuring conducted had lost out on positions or want to insert names of their own preferred candidates.
The concerned members demanded a re-run of the extraordinary district conferences conducted by Hikopua during May and June 2017.
“Our request and proposal is to nullify all the unconstitutional extraordinary district conferences conducted by the regional coordinator of Swapo in the Otjozondjupa and her cohort,” reads their three-page petition, which was allegedly faxed to the Swapo headquarters in the capital shortly after the demonstration.
Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Otto Ipinge, Okahandja Constituency Councillor Steve Biko Booys and several other Local Authority councillors of Grootfontein, Otavi, Okakarara and Otjiwarongo were present during the demonstration.