Geingob motivates lower ranked candidates as Swapo elections end

08 Sep 2019 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 08 SEP (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob while closing the Swapo Party’s electoral college in the early hours of Sunday, consoled those that did not make it to the top 96 by highlighting his losses in politics.
“To those who lost and have accepted the loss in the spirit of camaraderie, it is good to accept. Some of us went through those kinds of things and it is not the end. If you lose you will come like me and stand here. So it is not the end,” Geingob motivated lower listed candidates.
The college, known as the ‘pot’, elected the 96 party National Assembly candidates for the November national elections.
In the top 10, Swapo vice president Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and secretary general, Sophia Shaningwa top the list in first and second place respectively, by virtue of their positions.
Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta is in third place and Deputy Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development Lucia Iipumbu in fourth.
In the fifth position is Mines and Energy Minister, Tom Alweendo followed by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, then Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Frans Kapofi.
Swapo Kavango West Regional Executive Committee member Johanna Kandjimi is in eighth spot, Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga in ninth and Deputy Minister of Disability Affairs, Alexia Manombe-Ncube in 10th place.
Geingob also said those who do go to parliament must perform “otherwise the hour of reckoning will come, like today, and you have to account and you might be out”.
Speaking on the same matter before the voting started on Saturday, Swapo’s first president Sam Nujoma encouraged those who are deployed to office to have the integrity and commitment to serving communities with no expectation of any personal benefit, and perform.
He further addressed the infighting within the party and the repeated defiance of Shaningwa’s directives.
“The electoral college started against a background of unparalleled infighting between and among the comrades all over the regions and amid the growing indiscipline by the members and disregard of the party’s constitution as well as members defying the party’s rules and abusing organisational processes,” Nujoma said.
Nujoma cautioned that if unchecked, it could lead to Swapo losing the trust of Namibians and ultimately, the destruction of the party.