Pohamba against ‘two centres of power’

24 Nov 2017 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 24 NOV (NAMPA) - Former Swapo and Namibian President, Hifikepunye Pohamba has condemned the notion of two centres of power within the country.
Addressing the sixth ordinary congress of the party here Thursday evening, Pohamba disagreed with the idea of having a party president who is not the head of state.
Pohamba handed over his Swapo presidency powers to incumbent Namibian President and Swapo Vice-President Hage Geingob in April 2015, more than two years before his term was set to come to an end. Geingob was sworn in as Namibia's third president in March 2015.
Pohamba said creating two centres of power would be tantamount to having two Swapo parties.
The congress started in the capital on Thursday and will end on Sunday. It is expected to elect, amongst others, the party’s top four leadership positions and central committee members.
Candidates contesting the top four positions are running under two camps; “Team Harambee” and “Team Swapo”.
Geingob, Nahas Angula, a former defence minister, and current Minister of Youth, Sports and National Service, Jerry Ekandjo are contesting for the Swapo presidency position.