Shanghala, Kasuto Hold On to Party Posts

ATTORNEY General Sacky Shanghala and ruling party member of parliament Godhardt Kasuto are accused of refusing to vacate their party positions in defiance of party rules and procedures after they joined the National Assembly in March this year.

Kasuto was Swapo’s Khomas regional coordinator, while Shanghala was the Khomas regional information and mobilisation secretary.

According to the party rules, once elected to the National Assembly, members should vacate their regional executive posts at the party structures.

Party sources said that Kasuto and Shanghala were supposed to have vacated their positions to allow the party to elect new office bearers but they refused, despite the party’s Khomas regional structure planning to hold its regional conference to elect new people to replace them.

Shanghala allegedly reasoned that his mandate as regional information and mobilisation secretary only ends in 2017, therefore he should be allowed to hold his office until then.

Those defending Shanghala said that he had to remain in his position until 2017 because it was not a full-time post and blamed secretary general Nangolo Mbumba for issuing the directives that Shanghala must vacate the post. Shanghala refused to comment when contacted for comment yesterday.

Kasuto allegedly flatly refused to hand over the office keys and the party vehicle he kept as regional coordinator. He could not be reached for comment and did not respond to calls to his mobile or text messages sent to him.

The two allegedly had intense debates with fellow Khomas regional executive members when they were requested to leave the meetings because they are deemed to no longer be part of the structure.

At one point they apparently also questioned why secretary general Mbumba was allowed to attend Cabinet meetings if people with party positions are not allowed to hold other positions in government.

A party source told The Namibian that both Shanghala and Kasuto will find it difficult to be elected into the party central committee and politburo at the party elective congress in 2017. Only members holding party leadership positions or CC members are eligible to contest at the congress.

In reaction to the events at the regional structures, Mbumba said: “those are not my rules but party rules”.

He confirmed that regional treasurer Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun is now acting regional coordinator until the regional conference is held to elect new office holders for both positions.

Namundjebo-Tilahun refused to comment when contacted yesterday. The Namibian understands that she is not intending to run for the regional coordinator position.

Source : The Namibian