Swapo to Probe List Outcome?

THE Swapo Party politburo on Monday decided to probe the outcome of the recent electoral college.

Sources privy to discussions in the meeting said a request by one of the senior ministers that the outcome be investigated was submitted to the politburo and a decision was taken to, in fact, carry out an investigation.

The request was allegedly made to the office of the secretary for legal affairs, Albert Kawana, who tabled it for consideration by the politburo.

Sources said the probe will investigate claims of de-campaigning which led to surprise results and not necessarily the results themselves.

Swapo secretary general Nangolo Mbumba was not available to comment but questions were forwarded to him. The senior minister denied ever writing such a letter, while Kawana had not responded to the questions.

Recently, The Namibian reported that some party members who had fared badly during the electoral college were preparing to petition the leadership over the outcome.

They charged that there was de-campaigning by fellow delegates and claimed it was against certain rules adopted by the party.

The petition has yet to see the light of day.

Allegations of de-campaigning had caused a lot of unhappiness among those who scored low on the list of candidates to the National Assembly.

Sources said that although there was campaigning for positions, the outcome shocked a huge chunk of the party leadership as prominent leaders had failed to win enough votes to return to the National Assembly.

Promises were made, campaigning and ‘de-campaigning’ meetings held, allegiances formed, back-stabbing, double agents, fallouts and purges, all characterised events within Swapo circles between last Thursday and yesterday. Bribes were allegedly also whispered to some.

Both party president Hifikepunye Pohamba and vice president Hage Geingob have been accused of having factions.

It was earlier reported that Pohamba and Geingob had camps and that supporters of the latter, who called themselves the A-team, split at the had last minute.

Source : The Namibian