By Marianne Nghidengwa
INFIGHTING has rocked the Swapo Party Women’s Council (SPWC) in the Omaheke region where some members feel that a restructuring exercise spearheaded by Secretary Petrina Haingura and her deputy Eunice Ipinge has excluded other members from the process.
Sources in the know told Confidente that the situation is so bad that the ruling party’s secretary general, Nangolo Mbumba initially opted to suspend the exclusive process with the party’s acting president, Hage Geingob endorsing the move.
Mbumba in a letter addressed to Haingura recently said that he had received numerous complaints from members and leaders alike over the matter which he fears might threaten the already fragile political situation in the region.
“In light of my regional visit to Omaheke region – which you too accompanied me to – and my subsequent meetings with various structures, I have received numerous complaints from members and leaders alike, among which the restructuring of the SPWC structures took centre stage. These grievances raised at that meeting have a bearing on the constitutionality of the internal electoral processes of the SPWC structures as well as threaten the already fragile political situation in the region.
“I am writing to draw your attention to our collective decision on Wednesday, 20 July 2016, to inform the SPWC Regional leadership to discontinue the process of restructuring,” part of Mbumba’s two-page letter reads.
Mbumba instead assigned the supervision of district conferences to Eveline !Nawases-Taeyele in Aminuis, Petra Witbooi in Gobabis, Clara Bohitile in Kalahari, Christine // Hoebes in Epukiro and Okorukambe, Silvia Makgone in Otjinene and Ruth Kaukuata-Mbura in Otjombinde.
Geingob in a letter to Mbumba dated August 4 commended the latter for ensuring the party’s women wing remained intact. “I acknowledged with thanks receipt of a copy of your letter dated July 21 2016 addressed to Comrade Petrina Haingura pertaining the subject matter.
“I would like to commend you Comrade Secretary General for taking these decisive steps to ensure that the integrity of the Swapo Party Women’s Council electorate process remains intact and the existing tension in the Omaheke region is not further inflamed. I am sure that all Comrades will understand the necessity of this decision and urge that those assigned to supervise the district conferences and oversee other processes related to this matter shall do so with absolute diligence,” Geingob wrote.
Contacted for comment, Mbumba said the gist was to ensure that everyone acts in line with the President’s policy of no one should be left out. “The idea was that everybody should be on board as part of the President’s policy. I respect our mothers and as their son I needed to hear them out to figure out the way forward.”
Haingura explained that it is difficult to please every person adding that her actions were guided by the Constitution’s rules. “We did things according to the Constitution which is very clear. If there are those that are not happy then I don’t know,” she said.
Presidential Spokesperson, Albertus Aochamub did not respond to a text message sent to him on the matter at the time of going to print.
Meanwhile, Mbumba also gave a directive that all district conferences be held no later than August 21 and regional conferences by September 4. He also said that all sections should be supervised by branch coordinators while branch conferences should be supervised by district coordinators.
“This process should be done in line with the letter of 08 February 2016, from the Secretary of SPWC and note that the Omaheke region has thus been granted extension again till 04 September 2016 to conclude the process.
“Kindly note that the Regional Secretary, Regional Mobilizer and Regional Treasurer are not allowed to take part in the selection of candidates at section, branch and district levels, but will take part in the regional conferences as per the Constitution.
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