Shaningwa refutes Swapo bankruptcy rumours

30 Nov 2018 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 30 NOV (NAMPA) – Swapo Secretary-General, Sophia Shaningwa has refuted rumours that the party is bankrupt.
Addressing close to 800 delegates at the two-day Swapo party extra-ordinary congress in the capital on Friday, Shaningwa said: “Be assures that the party’s finances are in good hands. The only reason why the extra-ordinary congress was not held at Safari Hotel is it was fully booked”.
She was responding to statements on social media in this regard, referring to the venue of the congress, which is the Ramatex complex in Otjomuise.
The party’s ordinary congress was last year held at the Safari Court Hotel.
Shaningwa also addressed unity in the party, saying “I would like to assure you that all is well in the house of the Swapo party.”
However, her sentiments were not shared by all delegates and central committee members.
Delegate Michael Aihuki said: “The party has been divided since the ordinary congress, especially at grassroots level, but they are important and Swapo depends on them”.
Referring to the recent failed attempt by party members - Mirjam Shituula and Selma Namboga - to have the congress stopped, Central Committee Member Samuel Ankama said unity is gauged on the practical actions of the popular party members.
“It cannot be assumed that all is well within the party... I do not support their idea. I feel they should have consulted the party,” said Ankama.
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.
Shituula and Namboga are also questioning the credibility of Swapo’s current leadership and want the High Court to declare the results of last year’s congress null and void amid several alleged irregularities leading up to the election.