Swapo Party's extra-ordinary congress slated for end of November

13 Nov 2018 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 13 NOV (NAMPA) – Swapo’s extra-ordinary congress will take place from 30 November to 01 December 2018, the party’s Secretary-General (SG) Sophia Shaningwa announced here on Tuesday.
Addressing a media conference in the capital, the SG explained that the decision to hold the congress was taken at the party’s sixth ordinary congress which took place in the capital from 23 to 26 November 2017.
She said the aim of the extra-ordinary congress is to deliberate on issues that could not be concluded at that congress because of time constraints, which include amendments to the Swapo Party constitution and the adaption of the report and resolutions of the sixth ordinary congress.
“In upholding tenets on which the Swapo Party was founded, the agenda of the party is subjected to continuous review, interrogation and scrutiny in ensuring that the mandate of the electorate is fulfilled,” Shaningwa added.
She pointed out that the upcoming congress is one of the undertakings the party engages in to examine and set the bar higher in equipping itself to tackle the challenges of poverty and social and economic upheaval.
The central committee, she noted, has established structures in the form of preparatory committees tasked with the various aspects of congress preparations, made up of the leadership of the party.
The preparation team is headed by the national preparatory committee chaired by the president of the Swapo Party and Namibia’s President, Hage Geingob.
Under this committee, Shaningwa went on to say, are sub-committees such as one for finance, documentation, transport, information and publicity, legal affairs, security, defence and accreditation.
The SG further made it clear that the congress, being a continuation of the sixth ordinary congress of the Swapo Party, will be attended by delegates who took part in the previous congress in November 2017.