All positions in Swapo to become vacant at congress

06 Oct 2017 19:40pm
RUNDU, 06 OCT (NAMPA) – All positions in the Swapo Party, from that of President to Central Committee members, will become vacant at the upcoming Congress in November.
This was announced by Swapo Secretary-General (SG) Nangolo Mbumba in a statement issued after the party’s Politburo met in Windhoek on Friday.
“The Politburo decided to launch officially the campaign for the top four positions in the party, which are President, Vice-President, Secretary General and Vice-Secretary General,” the statement read.
During the meeting, President Hage Geingob announced the preferred candidates he would like to work with to avoid two centres of power.
Geingob nominated himself as president and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah as vice-president.
He further nominated the Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa to the position of Secretary-General whilst nominating the Swapo Party School Rector, Marco Hausiku as Deputy Secretary-General.
Mbumba said the Politburo resolved to meet next Thursday in Windhoek to accept nominations for the positions mentioned.
The meeting further resolved to hold a meeting of the Central Committee next Sunday to finalise the nominations.
Meanwhile, Shaningwa officially became a member of the Politburo due to a vacancy caused by the death of Governor of the Kunene Region, Angelika Muharukua last Sunday.
According to the Swapo Party Constitution the next person in line on the party list of elected members will become a member.
Shaningwa was thus sworn in during the meeting.