Court case damaging Swapo’s image: Amukwiyu

30 Nov 2018 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 30 NOV (NAMPA) – Swapo coordinator for the Oshikoto Region, Armas Amukwiyu has distanced himself from the court case in which two Swapo members want last year’s sixth elective congress declared null and void, saying it is bad for the party’s image.
Amukwiyu said the court battle – which in essence challenges the credibility of Swapo’s current leadership – is not in the best interest of the ruling party as it gives credence to opposition parties’ long-held view that Swapo has been rigging national elections.
He made these assertions in an interview with Nampa on Friday, on the sidelines of the two-day Swapo extra-ordinary congress that is currently underway in the capital.
“It gives a bad picture of the party because they are accusing their own party of rigging elections. What these guys are doing is to validate the claims by the opposition that Swapo is rigging elections,” Amukwiyu said.
Swapo members Mirjam Shituula and Selma Namboga this week failed in their attempt to have the extra-ordinary congress stopped in the High Court.
They also wanted last year’s national congress nullified amid several transgressions. However, their attempt was withdrawn by their legal team after High Court Judge Thomas Masuku ruled that they should have cited all persons with an interest in the entire matter as respondents when they instituted the legal action against Swapo and its secretary general, Sophia Shaningwa.
Although they withdrew their application for an interdict to block the extraordinary congress, the two will continue with part two of their application, which is to have the 2017 Congress nullified in entirety.
This, however, does not sit well with Amukwiyu, who is of the opinion that individuals who claim to love Swapo would never take their own party to court.
“Congress has elected a leadership. We must all make peace with it. We must now focus on the real issue which is the 2019 National Assembly and Presidential elections,” the coordinator stated.
Amukywiyu – who lost to Shaningwa for the position of secretary general - was part of ‘Team Swapo’, which lost to ‘Team Harambee’ for the party’s leadership positions.
Swapo’s leader, President Hage Geingob also addressed the court case in his opening statement of the congress on Friday.
“Because people cannot accept defeat, some comrades decided to go to the courts, which is their democratic right. This is democracy in action. It should not be interpreted as a sign that Swapo has degenerated,” he said.