Swapo Party extra-ordinary congress enters second day

01 Dec 2018 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 01 DEC (NAMPA) – The extra-ordinary congress of the ruling Swapo Party entered its second day in the capital on Saturday to review and amend chapter four of the party’s constitution.
Chapter four of the draft constitution titled ‘National Party Officers’ deals with various office bearers such as the president and other senior officers in the party.
The congress concluded its first day on Friday with amendments to chapter three which deals with national party structures.
Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, Tjekero Tweya told Nampa in an interview on Saturday that the event was achieving its purpose of amending the constitution.
“The delegates adhered to the constitutional requirements that all amendments must be with the central committee for at least three months, which has been complied with,” he added.
He explained that the amendments were being discussed for final adoption by the congress.
“Every delegate has been given an opportunity to express themselves and understand those amendments. Nothing is too obvious or too simple, so every delegate who has a question, even if it is about the terminology or word - he or she needs an explanation, because it is the leadership that must understand them as the delegates will have to implement the constitutional requirements,” Tweya said.
Meanwhile, also speaking to this agency on Saturday, regional secretary for Omusati Immanuel Shikongo indicated that among some of the key issues discussed on the first day of the congress were the entry age requirements for key leadership positions.
“Some delegates felt the age requirement should be reduced to 30 years, but I think consensus will be reached because the president [Hage Geingob] also feels that the youth should be considered in terms of entry into top positions,” he said.
Shikongo noted that the delegates had understood the importance of youth inclusion in top leadership positions in the party.
The extra-ordinary congress is attended by around 800 Swapo Party delegates from all over the country and is expected to close Saturday evening.