Swapo prohibits independent candidate: Kuugongelwa-Amadhila

11 May 2019 22:10pm
ONDANGWA, 11 MAY (NAMPA) – Prime Minister and member of the Swapo central committee and politburo, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila officially launched the ruling party’s campaign for the Ondangwa Urban Constituency by-election on Saturday.
The by-election is scheduled to take place on 15 June and Swapo has fielded Leonard Negonga, a member of the Ondangwa Town Council and businessman, as its candidate.
“Comrade Negonga is the only Swapo candidate for the Ondangwa Urban Constituency by-election on 15 June, and nobody else,” Kuugongelwa-Amadhila told the launch, adding that an independent candidate campaigning under the Swapo flag should be rejected.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila noted that Negonga is an experienced cadre who has served the people of Namibia in various capacities such as mayor of Ondangwa and member of the town’s management committee.
She said Negonga, once elected on 15 June, will succeed another tested cadre of Swapo and former councillor of Ondangwa Urban Constituency, Elia Irimari, who was earlier this year appointed as governor of the Oshana Region.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila told her audience the Swapo constitution prohibits its members from standing against a party-designated candidate as an independent candidate.
“You are dismissing yourself from Swapo if you contest as an independent candidate against our party’s designated candidate, because you are like an opposition party,” she said.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said every Swapo member has the responsibility to recruit more members and not to take members away from the party.
Four other candidates have registered to take part in the Ondangwa Urban by-election and these include independent candidate Angeline Immanuel, Asser Vincent (All People’s Party), Mandume Andreas (Congress of Democrats) and Johannes Martin (Popular Democratic Movement).