Swapo politburo to formulate implementation of 50/50 system

WINDHOEK: The Swapo-Party’s political bureau will soon meet to formulate a method of implementation for the party’s 50/50 gender representation at all structures.

Swapo-Party Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba made the announcement at a media conference on the outcome of the Swapo-Party Central Committee (CC) meeting which ended here on Saturday.

“On the vital issue of the 50/50 representation, the CC directed the political bureau to finalise the best possible methodology or mechanism to reach the zebra style on the party list before the Electoral College later this year,” Mbumba said.

He said the party agreed on equal gender representation to address the imbalances existing within the party, adding that 50/50 gender representation at all structures is now part of the party’s constitution.

A source close to this news agency informed this reporter that during the CC meeting, President Hifikepunye Pohamba was adamant about the 50/50 issue, particularly when a certain section of the party questioned whether the process could not be reversed.

The source also made it clear that the feeling during the CC meeting on this issue, particularly amongst the male comrades, was certainly not welcoming.

“The president was very harsh during the meeting. ‘Some men must just make way’ were his exact words,” the source stated.

The Swapo-Party’s extra-ordinary congress amended the party’s constitution to bring about 50/50 representation of men and women in the party’s organs and structures at Swakopmund last year.

During that meeting, Pohamba said the provision is a significant and commendable step which heralds the long aspired objective of introducing 50/50 men and women representation in all party organs and structures.

Pohamba also indicated that Namibian women have made sacrifices for the struggle for independence, freedom and social justice.

“The time has come for women to take their rightful place in the party structures and leadership so that they can contribute meaningfully to the development of Namibia,” said the Head of State during that meeting.

SOURCE: NAMPA