15 Oct 2017 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 15 MAR (NAMPA) More candidates have been endorsed to contest the top four leadership positions at the upcoming Swapo Party Congress in November.
Jerry Ekandjo and Nahas Angula will now challenge President Hage Geingob who was the sole candidate for party presidential position.
In an interview with Nampa on Sunday shortly after the Swapo Party Special Central Committee Meeting (CCM) ended at Parliament building, Regional Coordinator for Oshikoto, Armas Amukwiyu said the purpose of the meeting was to elect candidates for the top four positions of the party, in preparation for the elective congress next month.
Deputy Prime Minister and International Relations Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and Swapo secretary for information and mobilisation, Helmut Angula were elected to contest for the position of party vice president.
Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa and Amukwiyu will contest for the secretary general position while Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun, Petrina Haingura (former Swapo Womens Council secretary) and Marco Hausiku, Swapo party school rector, will contest for deputy secretary general position.
Geingob also declared the campaigns open ahead of the elective congress.
Amukwiyu said the campaigns leading to the November congress would be done as a collective leadership.
We will invite different views and opinions from the partys leadership, both seniors and the young generation, he said.
Meanwhile, it also emerged that members of the National Union of Namibian Workers were asked to leave the meeting after both its suspended president Ismael Kasuto and current president Peter Nevonga attended the meeting.
Kasuto was suspended for alleged divisive tendencies characterised by tribal preferences which led to a lack of unity among industrial unions affiliated to the NUNW.