Politburo committee engages Rundu councillors and party structures

25 Feb 2019 18:50pm
RUNDU, 25 FEB (NAMPA) – The committee delegated by Swapo’s politburo to engage the party’s five town councillors and various regional structures held a meeting here on Monday.
The meeting held at the Swapo regional office follows a decision by the politburo last week to delegate senior party leaders to engage the party structures and the councillors of Rundu and Okahandja. Swapo Secretary General Sophia Shaningwa on 14 February recalled three councillors after they defied her instruction not to remove former Rundu mayor Verna Sinimbo. Instead, councillor Isak Kandingu was elected mayor, while Toini Hausiku was made the new deputy mayor.
Anastacia Antonio was re-elected chairperson of the management committee.
The Okahandja Town Council on 15 February also defied a directive from the party to demote mayor Johannes Hindjou to an ordinary councillor.
Hindjou was elected as mayor of the town, while Hileni Iitah was elected as deputy mayor.
Gideon Uwu-Khaeb was elected as the chairperson of the management committee, while Helminth Maruru was elected as an additional member to the management committee.
Last week the politburo met and deliberated in Windhoek on specific issues in the Rundu and Okahandja councils, in particular, the deployment of Swapo councillors in those institutions.
The committee members are Attorney-General Albert Kawana as chairperson, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs Hilma Nikanor and the Deputy Minister of Works and Transport James Sankwasa.
Kawana said the meeting with some members of the regional executive committee, district and leaders of the various wing structures went on for longer than four hours.
He, however, could not provide the outcome of the meeting as he said they first had to report their findings to the politburo before releasing any information.
Last Monday, Geingob chaired the meeting with other senior officials in the party, which discussed the defiance of the Rundu and Okahandja councillors.
That meeting was called after Rundu councillors threatened to take the party to court to challenge the party’s decision to recall them.