Geingob calls for collective leadership in Swapo

15 Oct 2017 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 15 MAR (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob has called on the Swapo Party leadership to tackle and resolve internal issues, respect one another and lead collectively.
Speaking at the opening of the party’s Central Committee Meeting (CCM) on Sunday, Geingob referred to tension among the party leadership brought about by the forthcoming congress slated for November.
The CCM is held to elect candidates to the party’s congress, in turn the congress will elect the top four, the president, vice-president, secretary general of the party and deputy SG.
At a Swapo Party Politburo Meeting recently, President Geingob chose Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah as his candidate for the vice-president position.
He also nominated Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa for the position of Secretary-General (SG), while Swapo veteran Marco Hausiku was listed as the preferred candidate for the deputy SG portfolio.
Geingob said internal issues in the party should be tackled and resolved, not personally, to ensure that its members rally behind its leadership to deliver on the party promises to the electorate.
He said those contesting the leadership positions should contest them till the end.
“Fight till the end but congratulate the winner because the party has come a long way,” he said.
He further noted that no one person is a leader in the ruling party; but rather all are a collective.
“Respect each other, defeated or not, to build our party and through that – our Nation,” he said.