16 Jan 2019 16:50pm
RUNDU, 16 JAN (NAMPA) An unconfirmed directive from the office of Swapo Party Secretary General Sophia Shaningwa instructing Rundu councillors to retain the status quo has been circulating on social media. The letter, seen by Nampa, is addressed to the partys Regional Coordinator Ottilie Shinduvi and was purportedly issued on 14 January 2019.
It says in terms of the Swapo Party Constitutions Chapter 11, Article IV, a party member has the right to demand the fulfillment of what is established in the constitution, as well as the implementation of resolutions, directives, and agreements of the party.
In light of the above, I hereby wish to reiterate my earlier directive (sent on 15 November 2018) that the status quo of local authority councillors in Kavango East Region remain, the letter says.
It further says Shaningwa has noted that her earlier directive was not implemented and that the party office is being directed to comply with the current directive by not later than 22 January 2019.
Failure to do so, my office will be left with no choice but to take appropriate action, it further reads.
The coordinator is then asked to furnish the secretary generals office with a report in this regard by 23 January.
The Rundu Town Council has been operating without councillors since 21 November 2018.
The swearing in of councillors was called off due to division among them over a decision on whether Rundu Mayor, Verna Sinimbo, should retain her position or not.
The councillors, particularly from the ruling Swapo Party, also had qualms with a directive from the secretary general that the status quo be retained.
Approached for comment on Wednesday, Shaningwa would not confirm the authenticity of the letter and instead told this news agency to leave party issues aside for now.
Let us deal with our issues before we engage the media. I am not reporting to the media. Lets leave this issue to the party, she said.
Shinduvi, whom the letter is addressed to, told Nampa the day the letter was sent to her, the secretary general was not in the office.
Shinduvi said all she wants is peace and unity and advised that this issue be resolved on the ground and not through letters.