Swapo's Kavango West coordinator aiming for unity

30 Jan 2014 20:20pm
NKURENKURU, 30 JAN (NAMPA) – The Swapo-Party’s newly elected coordinator for the Kavango West Region, David Hamutenya has promised to tackle the disunity in the region head-on as he says it is derailing development.
The matter has become such an issue in the Kavango West region that even President Hifikepunye Pohamba expressed his unhappiness about it last year.
The Head of State said during the inauguration of the Tsumeb-Katwitwi road at the Mpungu Vlei some 170 kilometres west of Rundu in December he was disturbed by some inhabitants of the Kavango West Region who threatened to boycott the elections if the government does not resolve the dispute they have with their Ukwangali Traditional Authority leader Chief Sitentu Mpasi.
The villagers accuse the Ukwangali leader of allegedly grabbing their land without their knowledge and selling it to wealthy people.
They were also not happy that some development projects are not implemented timeously.
The President also touched on unity, saying the splitting of the Kavango Region into two regions does not imply that people should be divided along tribal lines.
Hamutenya said in an interview with Nampa on Thursday unity will top the list on his agenda, and he specifically wants to ensure that people learn to work together even if they do not like each other.
He admitted that unity is lacking amongst the region’s residents which amongst others is brought about by jealousy, and indicated that eligible voters previously threatening to stay away from voting was a result of infighting based on tribalism and ethnicity.
The former Mpungu Constituency Councillor also said he intends to focus on membership recruitment, saying there is a need to have a database of Swapo’s members in the new region.
He reiterated that those who will be serving in the Swapo-Party structures at branch, district and regional level must be prepared to serve in the interest of the electorates, and should not prioritise their personal interests.
“I intend to bring unity amongst party members because the Kavango West Region is divided because of people’s different philosophies, and I also expect leaders in the region to be authentic and transparent,” Hamutenya said.
He was elected as Swapo-Party coordinator for the Kavango West Region at Nkurenkuru last weekend.
Kapewana Nghilundilwa is serving as the party’s mobiliser in the region, while Scholastika Hausiku is treasurer.