Otjozondjupa coucillors suspended from Swapo activities

13 Jun 2019 07:50am
OTJIWARONGO, 12 JUN (NAMPA) - Otjozondjupa Governor, Otto Ipinge along with five other regional and local authority councillors, were on Wednesday suspended from the Swapo Party’s activities in the region with immediate effect.

The suspended members include constituency councillors of Otjiwarongo, Julius Neumbo, Steve Biko Booys of Okahandja, Grootfontein’s Nelao Amagulu, Grootfontein Mayor, Abisai Haimene, as well as chairperson of the management committee of the Grootfontein Municipality, Jack Tsanigab.

The Swapo Party’s Secretary for Information and Mobilisation in Otjozondjupa, Clive Kavendjii on behalf of the party’s Regional Executive Committee made the announcement at a media briefing on Wednesday.

Kavendjii said the decision was made on Wednesday morning on the grounds that Ipinge and group are orchestrating peaceful demonstrations against the legitimately elected regional executive leadership in Otjozondjupa, with an ultimate aim to remove it.

Ipinge and group are also accused of having interfered with the party’s structures in Otjiwarongo’s Ombili and DRC informal settlements.

“The group also made unauthorised and damaging statements, which are harmful to the party,” said Kavendjii.

Kavendjii alleged that the group had also spread unsubstantiated lies against the elected regional leadership, conducted illegal renewal of mandates in Grootfontein and Otjiwarongo, as well as taking the Swapo Party to court.

“The suspension of these comrades from the party activities is with immediate effect, pending the pronouncement of the Political Bureau of the Swapo Party,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Booys, in a telephonic interview with Nampa on Wednesday said the regional executive committee of Otjozondjupa has no legitimate mandate to suspend him and others from the party activities.

“They never communicated to us of their decision. Therefore, their decision remains irrelevant until such a time they will exhaust the laid party rules and procedures,” he said.