Disgruntled Swapo members fail to stop party's extraordinary congress

27 Nov 2018 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 27 NOV(NAMPA) - An attempt by a group of disgruntled Swapo members who wanted to stop the party’s upcoming extraordinary congress from going ahead this weekend, failed in the High Court here on Tuesday.
The congress is scheduled to take place at a local hotel in the capital between Friday and Sunday.
The urgent application was dismissed in a judgement handed down by High Court Judge Thomas Masuku on the grounds that it does not meet the requirements to be heard on an urgent basis. The hearing of the application was postponed to 06 December 2018.
The disgruntled members - Mirjam Shituula and Selma Namboga - through their lawyer Boris Isaacks filed their urgent application before High Court about two weeks ago, seeking to stop the upcoming extraordinary congress and challenging Swapo's sixth congress held between 23 and 26 November 2017.
Shituula and Namboga sought the High Court's assistance after they allegedly and unsuccessfully laid a complaint with the party in February 2018 about irregularities in the selection of delegates to the 2018 congress.
Both Shituula and Namboga allege that more than 100 of the over 700 delegates to last year's congress attended the meeting unlawfully.
Meanwhile, the upcoming extraordinary congress is expected to discuss some changes to the party's constitution, among other issues.