Investigations Into Swapo Pot Scam Start

SWAPO has launched investigations into allegations of improper and dirty campaigning on the eve of its electoral college held in August.

The Namibian learnt that the party has set up a committee which started the investigations into the allegations this month.

The party’s secretary general Nangolo Mbumba refused to provide details, saying he will not talk about internal party mechanisms.

Mbumba said the politburo made resolutions that the party should look into the matter and will inform the media of the outcome.

The committee, according to party sources, consists of Bishop Zephania Kameeta, former deputy Prime Minister Libertina Amathila, Sacky Kadhila Amoomo and Selma Uutoni.

The committee allegedly started interviewing those said to have been involved in plotting to ‘de-campaign’ others. They further said the aim of the investigation is to probe what happened the night before the electoral college.

A meeting was allegedly held at Safari Hotel, where a group of perceived supporters of Prime Minister Hage Geingob are said to have agreed on who to vote for and who to ‘de-campaign’.

In September, Mbumba said the probe will not affect the elections or the party list in any way. He also said that the results as well as those who presided over the elections are not being questioned but rather events on the eve of the electoral college.

But a party source questioned the wisdom of the investigation if it will not have any material effects on the outcome of the electoral college, despite the fact that those who suffered as a result of dirty tactics have lost a chance to go to parliament next year.

The Namibian reported earlier that Swapo secretary for legal affairs Albert Kawana tabled the request for a probe at a Politburo meeting in September.

Kawana made the request after he allegedly received a letter of complaint from disgruntled senior party members.

The basis of the complaint was that the party constitution and election rules do not permit dirty campaigns or directly urging people not to vote for a specific candidate.

Although the leadership has denied any rifts in Swapo, sources say that the level of unhappiness is widespread and deep. Fingers have been pointed at both President Hifikepunye Pohamba and Prime Minister Geingob for throwing some members to the wolves.

The sources also said the party’s top two have been busy doing damage control by asking some people on the list not to go to parliament in exchange for other government positions. This would allegedly open room for some party veterans at the bottom-end of the list to move up and stand a chance of going to parliament next year.

The division is also the reason why some senior party members have been boycotting party events such as the party’s manifesto launch which saw an embarrassingly poor turnout.

Source : The Namibian