Grootfontein Swapo members fight over restructuring

18 Apr 2019 15:50pm
By Mulisa Simiyasa
OTJIWARONGO, 18 APR (NAMPA) – Members of the Swapo Party in Grootfontein are fighting each other over the leadership restructuring processes for their sections and branches.
Swapo Grootfontein district co-ordinator, John Haimbodi on Wednesday told Nampa in an interview that a faction headed by the constituency councillor, Nelao Amagulu, is allegedly busy to restructure sections and branches of the district illegally.
“They are holding illegal restructuring at sections and branch levels, yet we are only supposed to do the sections,” Haimbodi said.
Grootfontein has 37 sections and 17 branches forming the district.
Haimbodi said his office is disturbed by the doings of Amagulu’s group as they are not supposed to conduct any restructuring in the absence of the district leadership.
Haimbodi added that his office is the one tasked with the mandate by the regional party office to do the restructuring or renewal of mandate of members in the 37 sections only.
He said his office has written a letter calling on the Swapo Party regional leadership to institute a disciplinary hearing against the six members of Amagulu’s group allegedly spearheading the illegal restructuring exercises.
A letter seen by Nampa lists Amagulu, Grootfontein Mayor Abisia Haimene, chairperson of the Grootfontein Municipality’s management committee Jack Tsanigab, Moses Shoonyeka, Mandume Kawana and Victoria Hango as the “main culprits”.
On her part, Amagulu on Thursday told this news agency that the letter from Haimbodi means nothing to her.
Amagulu also accused Haimbodi of breaking the Swapo Party Constitution allegedly by refusing to restructure the party branches together with the sections for the Grootfontein district.
Amagulu said her group will make sure the restructuring process at Grootfontein includes both the sections and branches, as it is with the other districts in the region.
“We will not allow them to restructure the sections only because our majority voters will be upset with us if we do that. Therefore, the branches need to be done also. We don’t want to lose this constituency to an opposition party during the elections because of them,” she said.
Swapo regional co-ordinator for Otjozondjupa, Susan Hikopua on Wednesday said she is aware of the letter from Haimbodi, adding that the party’s regional executive committee will still have to make a decision in connection with the letter and its content.
Swapo Secretary-General, Sophia Shaningwa at a meeting held in Grootfontein in March this year said all the 87 branches and 102 sections in the region must be restructured before June this year.
The party is expected to hold its regional conference in October this year to elect the seven district co-ordinators of the Omatako, Okahandja, Okakarara, Otjiwarongo, Otavi, Grootfontein and Tsumkwe constituencies.