Swapo recalls three of its Rundu councillors for defying orders

13 Feb 2019 16:00pm
RUNDU, 13 FEB (NAMPA) – The Swapo Party has recalled three councillors at Rundu for defying the party’s orders to maintain the status quo and for electing a member of the opposition party into the town council’s management committee.
The three are the new mayor, Isack Kandingu; his deputy, Toini Hausiku and chairperson of the management committee, Anastacia Antonio.
They are being replaced by Sarafina Kandere, Johannes Ngondo and Johanna Kakondo.
Swapo Secretary General (SG), Sophia Shaningwa in a letter seen by Nampa which was directed to the party’s regional coordinator for Kavango East, Ottilie Shinduvi said the trio is being withdrawn after a decision to that effect was taken by the party’s Political Bureau at its ordinary meeting held 30 January 2019.
During the meeting, the political bureau reaffirmed Shaningwa’s directive for the councillors to maintain the status quo.
“It has come to the attention of the office of the secretary general that some Swapo Party councillors in the Rundu Town Council have defied the directives of the secretary general and that of the Political Bureau of the Swapo Party,” Shaningwa said in the letter, which was also copied to Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga and chairperson of the national leaders assigned to Kavango East, James Sankwasa.
The SG quoted Part Two, Section 49 of the Swapo Party rules and procedures for the election of party office bearers and representatives at legitimate and government levels, which says candidates who stand on the party ticket are sponsored by the party and it is the party that spends money and other resources on campaigning for them.
It further says a member of a local authority shall vacate their office if they are withdrawn by the political party, association or organisation which nominated them.
The trio also voted a councillor of the opposition party, Mathew Wakudumo from the All People’s Party (APP) into the management committee, a decision which did not go down well with the party leadership.
“It is disappointing and painful that the abovementioned councillors of the Swapo Party who were elected on the party ticket are in cohorts with the opposition councillor and have gone to the extent of electing an opposition councillor into the management committee at the expense of Swapo, thus bringing the name of the party into disrepute,” Shaningwa said.
Shinduvi confirmed receiving the letter and said she has forwarded it to the Rundu district coordinator, Malakia Muranda for implementation.