23 May 2019 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 23 MAY (NAMPA) The Swapo Party must be given a chance to put its house in order and should not be judged by journalists on how it runs its affairs, Secretary General Sophia Shaningwa has said.
She made the remarks at the Swapo headquarters in the capital on Thursday when unveiling the six-member National Disciplinary Committee (NDC).
The new committee is composed of legal brains in the form of chairperson Kashindi Mathias, deputy chairperson Yvonne Dausab, Ludwina Shapwa, Elias Manga, Johanna Kandjimi and Joshua Kaumbi.
Journalists at the media briefing asked Shaningwa if there were specific events that required disciplinary interventions that necessitated the appointment of the NDC.
We are not here to be judged and to be dealt with by the journalists. I would like to say that this is a step that we are taking to see to it that we put our house in order, said Shaningwa.
Journalists also wanted to know how the party has dealt with its disciplinary proceedings over the past seven years, considering that no disciplinary issues were brought before the outgoing NDC which was chaired by Environment and Tourism Minister, Pohamba Shifeta.
Shaningwa responded: We leave that as an internal matter that should be dealt with internally by the disciplinary committee and well definitely report back as time goes instead of us now exposing issues here on this platform.
Further pressed on how Swapo has dealt with past disciplinary matters, she said: If you are not satisfied with what has been happening, from now on we are going to up our activities as far as the disciplinary in the party is concerned.
She continued: I dont think we should be crucified as to how did you deal with that one and that one. But I would like to tell you that this committee of all these lawyers is here to look at some of the indiscipline issues that are occurring now without us going back (to the past). We are starting a new page.
The appointment comes at a time when Swapo has been faced with a number of disciplinary issues, including an idea held by some of its members to contest as independent candidates at the upcoming presidential elections.