Let people exercise their democratic rights: APP

19 Feb 2019 17:30pm
RUNDU, 19 FEB (NAMPA) – The All People’s Party (APP) said the Swapo Party must allow people to exercise their democratic rights, after three of the ruling party’s councillors in Rundu were recalled for allegedly defying party directives.
Speaking at a media briefing here on Monday, APP regional coordinator in Kavango East Marcelius Haivera said the three councillors should be given a chance to prove themselves as they are the same councillors who elected the previous leadership into power and therefore, there should be a rotation of leadership.
He said that since an APP member is in the management committee, they will make sure that uninterrupted services are provided to the residents of Rundu.
Swapo Party Secretary General (SG) Sophia Shaningwa late last year directed that the existing representation of councillor positions should be maintained at the Rundu Town Council, among other local authorities.
This directive was ignored by the Rundu Swapo councillors who installed Isaak Kandingu as mayor, deputised by Toini Hausiku and Anastacia Antonio as the chairperson of the management committee.
They also elected APP councillor Mathew Wakudumo into the management committee, a decision that fuelled the recalling of the three councillors for bringing a member of the opposition party into a decision-making body.
“We can no longer live in fear. We can no longer live on directives. Where were the directives when Rundu had major water problems,” said Haivera at the briefing.
The APP, he added will assist the residents through its member to uplift the town of Rundu.
The Rundu councillors along with their counterparts at Okahandja were summoned to an urgent meeting in Windhoek on Monday with the top brass of the party, including the SG and President Hage Geingob.
The meeting reportedly resolved to retain the new status quo at the two local authorities while the matter is referred to the politburo for scrutiny.
Attempts to get comment from Shaningwa on the call made by APP failed as her phone went unanswered.