Geingob motivates lower ranked candidates as Swapo elections end

President Hage Geingob, while closing the Swapo Party's electoral college, known as the 'pot' in the early hours of Sunday, consoled those that did not make top 96 by highlighting his loss in politics.

To those who lost and have accepted the lost in the spirit of camaraderie, it is good to accept. Some of us went through those kinds of things and it is not the end. If you lose you will come like me and stand here. So it is not the end, Geingob motivated lower listed delegates.

Among the top 10 were Swapo vice president Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and secretary general, Sophia Shaningwa at first and second place by virtue of their positions, respectively, followed by the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta at third place and Deputy Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development Lucia Iipumbu at fourth.

In the fifth position is Mines and Energy Minister, Tom Alweendo followed by Prime Minister, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila then Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Frans Kapofi, Swapo Kavango West Regional Executive Committee member Johanna Kandjimi, Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga and Deputy Minister of Disability Affairs, Alexia Manombe-Ncube.

Geingob also added that those who do go to parliament must perform otherwise the hour of reckoning will come, like today, and you have to account and you might be out.

Speaking on the same matter before the voting started on Saturday, Swapo's first president Sam Nujoma encouraged those who are deployed to elected office to have the integrity and commitment to serving communities with no expectation of any personal benefit, and perform.

He further addressed the infighting within the party and the repeated defiance of Shaningwa's directives.

Electoral College starts against a background of unparalleled infighting between and among the Comrades all over the regions and amid the growing indiscipline by the members and disregard of the party's constitution as well as members defying the party's rules and abusing organisational processes, Nujoma said.

However, Nujoma cautioned that if unchecked, it could lead to make Swapo losing the trust of Namibians and ultimately, the destruction of the party.

This comes at a time where Swapo party members in Grootfontein, Kavango East and Okahandja have had infighting over the leadership restructuring processes for their sections and branches, and have been defying the directives of Shaningwa on who to elect into the towns' leadership position.

Source: Namibia Press Agency