Swapo focused on extraordinary congress

22 Nov 2018 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 22 NOV (NAMPA) – Swapo has its eyes firmly focused on next week’s extraordinary congress and remains unfazed by attempts to have it interdicted by disgruntled party members who have turned to the courts to have their plights heard.
These were the sentiments of Swapo Vice President (VP) Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah in an interview with Nampa on Wednesday.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said she could not speak on matters before the courts, but maintained that they were preparing for the congress instead.
“We are preparing for the extraordinary congress. Court cases are to be handled in the courts,” she said.
Her remarks come at a time when discontented Swapo members - Nambata Angula, Mirjam Shituula, Selma Nambago and Seth Boois - approached the courts in an attempt to interdict the extraordinary congress of the ruling party slated for 01 December 2018, pending a legal challenge to the outcome of last year’s disputed elective congress.
Asked if there were any attempts by the current Swapo leadership to resolve its divisive issues internally as opposed to some members resorting to courts, she indicated that party leaders engage members at various platforms and levels.
Contrary to perceptions in the public domain, the Swapo VP maintained that the ruling party is a united force going into next year’s elections.
According to recent media reports, another issue that continues to haunt the party is the alleged purging of individuals who did not support Geingob and his slate from prominent government positions in the aftermath of the congress - which Nandi-Ndaitwah vehemently denied.
“Please don’t ask me things which are not party-related. That is a government issue. Now you want to link it to the party,” she said.
Political analyst Ndumba Kamwanyah is of the view that divisions within the ruling party are deeper than meets the eye.
“The best thing that could have been done is that just right after the congress, efforts would have been made to ensure that the party is united,” he told Nampa in an interview.
However, division is very much alive within Swapo, as members to this day still see themselves as ‘Team Swapo’ or ‘Team Harambee’, instead of Swapo members, he added.
“If the new leadership is genuine with the call for unity, they can take some actions to earn the party’s trust,” said Kamwanyah.