Court cases won't affect congress: Mbumba

21 Nov 2017 19:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 NOV (NAMPA) – The recent court cases instituted against the Swapo party by its members in the Omaheke and Hardap regions will not affect the planned sixth ordinary congress, the party’s Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba has said.
Mbumba was speaking at a media conference held to brief the public on the state of the preparations for the congress here on Tuesday.
The outcome of the court cases, according to Mbumba, will only be for the two regions and will not affect the congress slated for Thursday to Friday.
“The preparatory process of the congress is too advanced to be challenged by only two regions,” said Mbumba.
He refused to comment on the outcome of the respective court cases, saying the courts are independent institutions that need no interference from individuals.
The Omaheke Region, according to Mbumba, has delegated 10 members and that is what is recorded by the head office for the congress.
The 10 are Maria Owases, Nora Gores, Frieda Shimakeleni, Justine Bernardt, Nono Katjingisiua, Festus Ueitele, Gideon Kavari, Raphael Kavari, Aron Marenga and Asaria Tjingaete.
Four who did not make it to represent the region at the upcoming congress have approached the court to declare the structures that elected the current delegates null and void.
The four are Kejamuina Mungendje, who is the former Swapo regional coordinator for Omaheke; Maleagi Ndisiro; Frans Murangi; and Progarius Muriambihu.
Similarly, a group of disgruntled Swapo members in the Hardap Region have filed papers in the High Court, challenging the outcome of the party’s Hardap regional conference held in July this year.
“The court was never requested to stop the congress,” Mbumba said, confidently assuring that congress will proceed as planned.