Swapo Women’s Council Election Hangs in the Balance

THE Swapo Party Women’s Council leadership in the Kavango East region is still indecisive about the date to elect its new coordinator to replace Annakleta Shikerete who went to parliament in March.

For the past three months, the party regional mobiliser, Elina Mpasi, has been acting as the coordinator.

The elective extraordinary conference was set to be held on 16 May, but was postponed two days prior to the conference after a request by SPWC secretary Petrina Haingura as she had other commitments elsewhere.

On Wednesday Haingura denied allegations that the SPWC national leadership was delaying the elective extraordinary conference, stressing that they do not dictate regional matters.

She said they are waiting for the regional leadership to set a date for the election and notify them of it.

Haingura said other regions including Erongo and Zambezi had also not held conferences to elect new coordinators. She said the national leadership is also waiting for notification from them on the dates set for the conferences.

Ironically, Mpasi says they have been waiting for the SPWC secretary to set the date as it was the national leadership that instructed them to postpone the conference.

“The SPWC secretary wrote a letter, asking us to put it on hold until further notice and they promised to come back to us with a new possible date,” she said.

Haingura said she only instructed them to put the conference on hold as she and her deputy, Eunice Ipinge had other engagements and indicated that the regional leadership was expected to come up with another date for the conference.

With both parties pointing fingers at each other, it remains to be seen whether a date will be set soon.

The two candidates vying for the position of SPWC coordinator in Kavango East are Johanna Nehodi, a district coordinator for Rundu Urban and Ernestine Ndumba, the regional treasurer.

Members of the Council recently called for the holding of the extra-ordinary conference as soon as possible since the absence of a coordinator was hindering activities and programmes in the region.


Source : The Namibian