Swapo Central Committee convened to plan for the future

WINDHOEK: The Swapo Party held an extraordinary meeting of its central committee on Saturday, which, according to Vice President Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, was meant to carry on the party’s work following the death of its president, Hage Geingob.

The central committee, which is the ruling party’s highest decision-making body, convened for the first time following President Hage Geingob’s death early last month.

Nandi-Ndaitwah said Geingob demise left the Swapo Party with a leadership vacuum.

‘Our nation and the Swapo Party are poorer without the visionary leadership of comrade Geingob. We have lost a leader with an exemplary sense of duty and mission,’ she said.

However, Nandi-Ndaitwah expressed confidence that the former liberation movement will find a solution ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections later this year.

‘During difficult moments and pitfalls in our history, including the passing of Comrade Hage Geingob, which left us without a president, we, the rank and file of the Swapo Party,
have always been able to demonstrate cohesion, organisational integrity, and unity,’ she said.

The central committee was expected to consider the recommendations of the politburo, which met three times since Geingob’s death on the 4th of February to discuss the way forward.

‘In the process, some possible challenges that may have a bearing on our party on how to move forward without our president were identified. However, as tested leaders of the party, we must employ our political wisdom and willpower to overcome those identified challenges, thus enabling our party to fulfill its longtime mission of serving the Namibian people effectively and efficiently at all times,’ said Nandi-Ndaitwah.

She added that the rank and file of Swapo look up to the central committee, ‘which is the political centre that holds our party together to provide leadership and for the Swapo Party to remain more united and strong in the execution of our national responsibilities. I have no doubt in my mind that the central committee o
f the Swapo Party has the capacity and ability to do what is expected of it.’

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

FC Ongos drops crucial points

WINDHOEK: FC Ongos, contenders for the Debmarine Namibia Premiership title, on Friday night dropped crucial points in a 1-0 defeat against Otjiwarongo-based military team, Mighty Gunners at the Independence Stadium in the capital.

In the opening match of round 22 this weekend, Ongo’s were at the top of the log with 45 points and a game in hand, while Mighty Gunners were eighth on the log with 29 points.

The game between the two sides was physical, with both teams trying to win the ball and possession, resulting in little action. As a result, the first half ended goalless.

In the second half, Mighty Gunners came out with a more dominant display in the opening 25 minutes.

They managed to win possession in their opponent’s half, which led to FC Ongos defenders fouling their player in the box and the referee awarding them a penalty.

However, Simon Nekongo failed to score from the spot kick, as he kicked the ball too high. The visitors did not lose momentum however, as they once again found the back of the ne
t through Stephanus Petrus, securing maximum points on the road.

With this defeat, FC Ongos now risks moving down the table if African Stars or Khomas Nampol win their Saturday fixtures.

In an interview with Nampa after the match, FC Ongos coach Elemu Chabala, who experienced his first defeat since joining the team from Life Fighter at the beginning of the second leg, stated that the loss has affected their chances of winning the title, but they remain focused as they head into their Sunday match.

The coach of Mighty Gunner, Gerhard Hengari, expressed satisfaction with their points as it elevated their position in the table. He stated that their primary objective was to secure maximum points during the weekend, and the outcome of the match against the league leaders was a welcomed relief.

‘Our focus is now directed towards our fixture on Sunday, and we are determined to give it their best shot for maximum points as well,’ he said.

Despite the defeat, FC Ongos retained their top position with 45 points, w
hile Mighty Gunners moved up to sixth place on the log standing.

Round 22 of the Debmarine Namibia Premiership will continue on Saturday with matches scheduled to take place in Windhoek, Okahandja, Walvis Bay and Gobabis.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency