‘Swapo must appoint competent leaders’

19 Feb 2019 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 19 FEB (NAMPA) – Some recalled councillors of the Rundu Town Council on Monday said the Swapo Party must desist from appointing its leaders based on patronage alone, but on competency.
This would save the party embarrassment emanating from unlawful decisions made by some senior members who want to push their own agenda at the expense of its bona fide members.
The councillors made these remarks to Nampa after a close-to-three-hour meeting convened by Swapo Party Secretary General (SG) Sophia Shaningwa in Windhoek, to address the recent squabbles between the councillors and herself.
The squabbles emanated from a directive by the SG to have the status quo maintained at the Rundu and Okahandja local authorities, who along with Khorixas ignored it.
“It is equally a warning that in the future, when cadres are deployed in positions of power, it is done based on an individual’s competency and not on buying face,” said one of the councillors who wished to remain anonymous.
They therefore called on the ruling party’s leaders to attend lessons at the Swapo Party School to familiarise themselves with former liberation movement rules and procedures.
In Rundu after Shaningwa informed the councillors that the status quo should be upheld with Verna Sinimbo at the municipality’s helm, they installed Isaak Kandingu as mayor, deputised by Toini Hausiku, wife to Shaningwa’s deputy, Marco Hausiku.
Chaired by party president Hage Geingob, the meeting was attended by his second-in-command and International Relations Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and politburo members - Vice President Nangolo Mbumba and Premier Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.
When the heated closed-door meeting concluded, the Swapo leaders reportedly vindicated the Rundu councillors and referred issues they raised to the party’s politburo.
As such, the three councillors - Kandingu, Hausiku and Anastasia Shinduvi - recalled by Shaningwa last week, are to be reinstated.
The councillors said it was also found that Shaningwa’s directives were never sanctioned by any of Swapo’s decision-making organs.
Shaningwa declined to comment, as she walked away when approached after the meeting.
Efforts to get comment from Hausiku, the deputy SG, proved futile as he directed queries to Swapo secretary for information Hilma Nikanor, who further referred the queries back to Shaningwa’s office.
Director in the SG’s office, Austin Samupwa also did not answer his phone.
The party’s legal advisor, Albert Kawana also declined to comment and referred this agency to Shaningwa.