REGIONAL Governors Clemens Kashuupulwa, Usko Nghaamwa and Samuel Nuuyoma were some of the biggest losers at Tuesday’s Swapo party Politburo elections after they got less than 9 votes each.
Kashuupulwa who is the Oshana Governor got a measly three votes the lowest votes any of the 17 contestants got, while Nghaamwa had seven and Nuuyoma had eight votes.
However if it’s any consolation for Nghaamwa and Nuuyoma they managed to beat Deputy Secretary of the Swapo Women’s Council, Eunice Iipinge who managed to garner a paltry five votes and Ida Hoffman who secured a miserable four votes.
The Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs, Hilma Nicanor, and former Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture Willem Kanjore could only manage seven votes each.
Confidente is also reliably informed that 1 219 votes were counted, with 77 people having voted which initially translated to 1309 votes expected meaning that a lot of the voters voted for less than the expected 17 people. Two ballot papers were spoilt.
According to sources who attended the Central Committee meeting the atmosphere at the meeting was very tense, with the Swapo members seating in groups according to which faction they belonged to.
“The situation was extremely tense especially after the announcement of the results. Nobody spoke to other people especially the ones that lost. People were just devastated because to some people the Politburo means everything. People like Utoni Nujoma and Richard Kamwi their disappointment was so open, they could not even go for the free dinner that was on offer,” the sources said.
Party Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba said there was no way everyone could have emerged a winner. “All of us at some point we have won as well as lost, its reality. It’s an election we could not all come up as winners and we have different theories of dealing with loss,” he said.
Meanwhile Nujoma has emerged as the biggest loser over the past week. Apart from failing to reclaim his position in the politburo, he failed to win the Swapo Party Secretary General position after he lost to Mbumba and lost the key Ministry of Foreign Affairs post.
Sources within Swapo who spoke on condition of anonymity said Nujoma was responsible for his own demise because of his arrogance.
“He is very arrogant, very rude; people within the party do not understand who he takes after because his father and mother are very humble people. Utoni’s manners are very bad, he thinks since his father was an icon so he is also. He wants to walk in his father’s footsteps but unfortunately they are too big for him,” the sources said.
By Confidente Reporter
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