Geingob aims to knock out challengers

19 Nov 2017 13:30pm
HELAO NAFIDI, 19 NOV (NAMPA) – A group of 241 delegates for the sixth Swapo ordinary congress to be held in Windhoek from 23 to 26 November gathered at the Helao Nafidi Town in the Ohangwena Region on Saturday.
The delegates, who came from different regions of Namibia, joined the campaign meeting of party presidential candidate and Namibian President, Hage Geingob and his associate campaigners, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah (vice-president), Sophia Shaningwa (secretary-general) and Marco Hausiku (deputy secretary-general) who make up the Team Harambee faction.
Team Harambee will come up against candidates, Nahas Angula (president), Jerry Ekandjo (president), Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana (vice-president) and Helmut Angula (vice-president) from the Team Swapo faction at the congress.
Oshikoto Swapo regional coordinator, Armas Amukwiyu is Team Swapo’s candidate for the secretary-general position, while businesswoman Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun and former Swapo Women’s Council secretary, Petrina Haingura, also from Team Swapo, will contest for the deputy secretary-general post.
Geingob urged the delegates who attended his meeting at Helao Nafidi to ensure that they overwhelmingly vote for him and his associate campaigners at the congress.
He suggested that his Team Harambee should hand Team Swapo a ‘knockout’ to avoid a second round election.
According to Geingob, he already eliminated Ekandjo and Iivula-Ithana when they challenged him for the vice-president position during the 5th Swapo congress in 2012.
“I knocked them down in the first round, but after the congress I picked them up, as comrades, brought them in Parliament and appointed them as ministers,” Geingob stated in front of cheering delegates.
He also appealed to the delegates to pitch up in big numbers for the last campaign meeting of his slate in Windhoek on Wednesday.
Nandi-Ndaitwah told the delegates that Geingob is automatically the Swapo presidential candidate for the national elections due to take place in the country in 2019, once he is elected the party president at the upcoming party congress.
Speaking at the same meeting, Swapo secretary-general, Nangolo Mbumba condemned what is termed ‘two centres of power’, which is suggesting a president for the State and a separate president for the party at the same time.
“You cannot develop the economy of the country if you are just the president of the party,” Mbumba stressed.
Team Harambee started its campaign trail for the far northern parts of Namibia at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region on Thursday, at Outapi in the Omusati Region on Friday and ended it at Omuthiya in the Oshikoto Region on Sunday.