Sister parties to attend Swapo congress

21 Nov 2017 08:40am
By Uerikoha Tjijombo
WINDHOEK, 21 NOV (NAMPA) – Twelve sister parties of the Swapo Party have acknowledged their attendance at the ruling party’s sixth ordinary congress set for the capital from Thursday to Sunday.
Swapo deputy secretary-general (SG), Laura McLeod-Katjirua said the attendance of these parties from across the world is very significant to Swapo as it shows that their friendship is still solid.
“It not only signifies that our friendship is still solid, but also that we are there for one another during this difficult time of economic drought,” McLeod-Katjirua told Nampa on Monday.
These parties will only attend the opening session, which has been scheduled for Thursday, during which they will deliver their solidarity messages.
The parties are the African National Congress of South Africa, Botswana Democratic Party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi of Tanzania, Communist Party of China, Communist Party of Cuba, Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO), People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), Patriotic Front (Zambia), Polisario Front (Western Sahara), Swedish Social Democratic Party, Yedinaya Rossiya of Russia, and the Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF).
Namibian President Hage Geingob, who is also the acting president of Swapo, will deliver the opening statement on the same day, followed by statements by both Founding President Sam Nujoma and former President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
Other issues to be discussed during the congress are the report by the central committee, implementation of resolutions from the fifth national congress, and amendments to the party’s constitution.
The elections for key party positions such as president, vice-president, secretary-general and deputy SG will be conducted on Sunday.
The announcement of results is expected to be done on the same day, after which the president-elect will give the closing remarks.