Otjozondjupa Swapo members demonstrate

26 Feb 2019 15:40pm
OTJIWARONGO, 26 FEB (NAMPA) – Over 100 Swapo Party members in Otjozondjupa on Tuesday staged a peaceful demonstration to denounce alleged tribalism among party members in the region.
Aggrieved members from the Omatako, Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Otavi, Grootfontein, Okakarara and Tsumkwe constituencies’ section and branch levels, as well as constituency councillors for Okahandja, Steve Biko Booys; Otjiwarongo, Julius Neumbo; Grootfontein, Nelao Amagulu; and Otavi, Laina Nekundi, took part in the demonstration.
They gathered at Swapo’s Otjiwarongo regional office, where they read a petition denouncing internal political squabbles which divide members and affect the growth of the party in the region.
The members accused the party’s Otjozondjupa regional coordinator, Susan Hikopua of allegedly instructing local authority councillors at the Otjiwarongo Municipality to appoint a male candidate who came second in an interview for a human resources officer position at the municipality.
They claimed that Hikopua did this because the woman who scored the highest points in the interview is Damara-speaking.
“The Otjiwarongo local authority councillors also defied all directives of the line ministry to appoint the candidate who scored the highest points in the interview,” stated the petition.
The management committee of the Otjiwarongo Municipality appointed a male candidate on 20 February this year, but the woman appealed the next day and asked them to explain why she was side-lined.
The Swapo members also demanded that secretary for information and mobilisation in the region, Clive Kavendji step down as they said he lives in Windhoek where he has full-time employment and this leads to him neglecting his party duties.
They also recommended that the party’s finances in the region be scrutinised as they alleged that party funds are being abused by regional office bearers.
The group planned to hand over their petition to Hikopua, but the party office was closed.
Contacted for comment, Hikopua said she is in Windhoek at the Swapo head office and other officials from the office were in Okahandja for official purposes.
“If these people have a problem with the party in the region, they must come to the office where we can sit and discuss, not through a peaceful demonstration,” she said.
On Kavendji, Hikopua said he was legitimately elected and should thus remain in the position.