Swapo-Party Elders Council re-elects Shanyengana

09 Jul 2017 18:50pm
OUTAPI, 09 JUL (NAMPA) – The Swapo-Party Elders’ Council (SPEC) on Sunday re-elected Nestor Mukwaita Shanyengana and Mary Masule as secretary and deputy secretary respectively during their 6th Congress held in the Omusati Region.
Shanyengana and Masule were re-elected unopposed, as no other candidates were nominated to challenge them.
The three-day SPEC congress also elected new members of the SPEC Central Committee, with Shanyengana, Masule and secretaries from all 14 regions as automatic members.
Secretary of the Swapo-Party Women’s Council (SPWC), Eunice Iipinge received the highest number of 226 votes, followed by Rehabeam Auala with 218 and manager of Oshiwambo Radio Service of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), Helena Shiimbi with 217.
“In Swapo, we revere our elders and extol their immeasurable contribution to Namibia’s independence and the subsequent peace and stability we have enjoyed for 27 years,” said Hage Geingob in closing the congress officially on Sunday.
Geingob said the Swapo-Party will always respect elders as the roots of the 57-year-old political organisation.
“Therefore, they hold the key to the future success of our Swapo-Party,” said Geingob while also reminding members to not to be pulled apart by differences, but rather to grow together.
Unpredictable global economy, income disparities, poverty, corruption and the ever looming spectre of tribalism, Geingob said, are the several countervailing forces that could hinder the plans of the ruling party that must be prepared.
“We must therefore intensify our efforts to consolidate our position as a people-centred party, by bolstering the leadership and intellectual capacity of the party.”
He then suggested members discard personal interests in favour of prioritising national interests.
Attorney-General and Swapo-Party member of the National Assembly (NA), Sakeus Shanghala administered the election process.