Otjozondjupa Swapo allegedly divided by regional conference

05 Sep 2019 14:40pm
By Mulisa Simiyasa
OTJIWARONGO, 05 SEP (NAMPA) – The Otjozondjupa regional conference of the Swapo Party which took place from Wednesday night and into the early hours of Thursday morning at Otjiwarongo, is said to have caused deep divisions in the regional party.
Internal sources who asked for anonymity as they are prominent leaders in the party here, told Nampa on Thursday the conference led to a deep division between the regional coordinator and some candidates who contested the elections.
The elected members will contest at the party’s national electoral college in Windhoek over the weekend for a place on the list of candidates for the National Assembly (NA).
The six candidates - three men and three women - who contested the two regional spots to the electoral college are Kaino David, Regina Alugodhi, Maria de Conceicao Lourence, Patrick Xoagub, Erickson Nenghwenya and James Uerikua.
Uerikua won the male contest with 30 votes out of 47. Nenghwenya got 12 and Xoagub six votes.
Alugodhi won the female race with 26 votes. Lourence got 11 and David 10 votes.
According to the sources who were present at the conference, the Otjozondjupa Swapo regional coordinator, Susan Hikopua allegedly favoured Nenghwenya on the male list and David on the female list.
This reportedly angered other candidates and Hikopua “suffered a terrible headache which made her dizzy and she had to be taken to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital while the conference was still running”.
Responding to Nampa on Thursday about the matter, Hikopua said: “I did not participate in the actual elections because I had to be taken to hospital where I was treated briefly before the doctor released me.”
About her headache, Hikopua said it was caused by stress as she “just returned from Tsumkwe shortly before the regional conference”.
She dismissed any discussion about any internal division in the regional branch of the ruling party, saying her delegation will on Friday travel collectively to Windhoek for the electoral college.
Chairperson of the party’s national leaders assigned to Otjozondjupa, Mukwaita Shanyengana on his part on Thursday said the election was free and fair.
“The conference went as we planned it,” he said, noting that a total of 48 delegates attended but the figure was brought to 47 after the regional coordinator fell ill during the conference and had to be taken to hospital.
He also said the four other delegates for Otjozondjupa to the electoral college over the weekend in the capital were elected.
They are Martha Kandiwapa Mwandingi-Simeon, Theresia Kukenge, Moses Hikopua and Bethuel Tjaveondja.