The winners and losers at the ‘pot’

The Swapo Party electoral college has come and gone but there are some notable outcomes, with some veteran politicians failing to make to the list of 96 candidates for the party in the National Assembly.

At the heart of the debate leading up to the event known as the 'pot' was the question of whether it was time for Swapo's younger generation to take over the leadership baton from their elders and if indeed it was time for some of the veteran to call it a day.

At 37, Jennelly Matundu, who is at number 51, is one of the youngest individuals in pole position to land in the National Assembly (NA) next year, if the Swapo's dominance in August house is anything to go by.

Swapo currently has 77 seats in the NA.

When approached by Nampa, shortly after the announcement of the results during the early morning hours of Sunday, Matundu said she was not going to parliament to rest on her laurels, should she make it.

I stand for strong leadership and youth representationwe are the representatives of other youth that are not in parliament. So, we are their eyes and ears. What is there for us is work hard for their interests, Matundu said the prospective member of parliament (MP).

At 35, Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Council, Mandela Kapere also stands a chance of becoming an MP in 2020.

Kapere is at number 45 on the Swapo parliamentary list.

Although Kapere was reluctant to talk to this agency, he acknowledged that it was an easy task to convince the delegates to vote for young people.

Former Namibia Wildlife Resorts boss, Tobie Aupindi, who was convicted for corruption was also a centre of attraction at the 'pot'.

Aupindi is 29 on the list.

I am not really good at talking to the media. I will not comment, Aupindi said when approached by journalists.

Former education minister, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, another of Swapo's convicts is 82 on the list.

Both Hanse-Himarwa and Aupindi were convicted of corruption and got fined for their crimes.

The former was fined N.dollars 50 000 or six months in prison by the High Court in August after she was found guilty of corruptly using the position as the former governor of the Hardap region to obtain gratification for herself or another person.

Aupidi was also fined N.dollars 50 000 or 30 months in prison after he was found guilty in a case involving the installation of a swimming pool at his house in Windhoek in 2006.

He lied under oath.

Among the notable individuals who did not make the cut in the list of 96 are current and former Cabinet ministers Charles Namoloh (103), Jerry Ekandjon (107), Tommy Nambahu (109), Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana (118), former Swapo Party Youth League leader Elijah Ngurare (141) and businesswoman Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun (152).

Source: Namibia Press Agency