The winners and losers at the ‘pot’

08 Sep 2019 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 08 SEP (NAMPA) – The Swapo Party electoral college has come and gone with some veteran politicians failing to make the list of 96 candidates for the ruling party to the National Assembly (NA).
These include current and former Cabinet ministers such as Charles Namoloh at 103rd place, Jerry Ekandjo (107), Tommy Nambahu (109), Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana (118), former Swapo Party Youth League leader Elijah Ngurare (141) and businesswoman Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun (152).
At the heart of the debate leading up to the event known as the ‘pot’ was the question of whether it was time for Swapo’s younger generation to take over the leadership baton from their elders and if indeed it was time for some of the veterans to call it a day.
At 37 years of age, Jennelly Matundu, who is at number 51, is one of the youngest individuals in pole position to land in the NA next year.
Swapo currently has 77 seats in the NA.
When approached by Nampa shortly after the announcement of the results during the early morning hours of Sunday, Matundu said she was not going to parliament to rest on her laurels, should she make it.
“I stand for strong leadership and youth representation…we are the representatives of other youth that are not in parliament. So, we are their eyes and ears. What is there is for us to work hard for their interests,” the prospective Member of Parliament (MP) said.
The National Youth Council executive chairperson, 37-year-old Mandela Kapere also stands a chance of becoming an MP in 2020, at position number 45.
Although Kapere was reluctant to talk to this agency, he acknowledged that it was not an easy task to convince the delegates to vote for young people.
Meanwhile, former Namibia Wildlife Resorts boss Tobie Aupindi, who was convicted for corruption was also a centre of attraction at the pot, at number 29 on the list.
“I am not really good at talking to the media. I will not comment,” Aupindi said when approached by journalists.
Former education minister, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, another of Swapo’s convicts for corruption came out 82nd on the list.
Both Hanse-Himarwa and Aupindi were fined for their crimes.