Unity pushed at Swapo extra-ordinary congress

01 Dec 2018 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 01 DEC (NAMPA) – City of Windhoek Councillor Fransina Kahungu, a delegate at the Swapo Party extraordinary congress underway in Windhoek, has described the mood at the congress as one of “unity of purpose”.
The decision to hold the congress was taken at the party’s sixth ordinary congress which took place in the capital from 23 to 26 November 2017.
The aim of the extra-ordinary congress is to deliberate on issues that could not be concluded at that congress because of time constraints, which include amendments to the Swapo Party constitution and the adoption of the report and resolutions of the sixth ordinary congress.
Speaking to Nampa on Saturday on the sidelines of the event, Kahungu said all the delegates were participating and contributing freely and for the betterment of the party’s constitution.
She said delegates were well-prepared and took time to read and understand the draft constitution, noting this has been demonstrated in their active participation.
The two-day Swapo Party extra-ordinary congress started on Friday and is attended by close to 800 delegates who took part in the congress last year, including Swapo Party president Hage Geingob and secretary general (SG) Sophia Shaningwa, the central committee (CC) members, Cabinet ministers and party delegates from all 14 regions.
Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, Tjekero Tweya told Nampa part of amending the party constitution was to bring the element of unity into the fore of the ruling party.
“It simply means that we need to listen to one another and make room for differences and disagreements, but the ultimate aim is for a united Swapo. Views harboured that there is disunity in Swapo and that Swapo is disintegrating is a bit of an insult to us, because it is undermining people’s intelligence,” Tweya said.
A group of Swapo Party members had approached the High Court in an attempt to interdict the extra-ordinary congress of the party, pending a legal challenge to the outcome of last year’s disputed elective congress, however, this failed.