By Eliaser Ndeyanale
FORMER Omusati governor Sacky Kayone and former Outapi constituency councillor Simon Tataati Shileka are contesting for the position of Swapo party regional coordinator in Omusati.
After he declined to be appointed as regional governor by former President Hifikepunye Pohamba in 2010, Kayone who had been governor since 1999 had tried to make a comeback but failed to be elected as a regional representative to the 2014 Swapo party electoral college, getting only 15 votes out of 85.
Well-known for his declaration of Omusati region as a no-go-area to other political parties other than the ruling party ahead of the 2009 national election, Kayone feigned ignorance about his latest endeavour when approached for comment saying, ”It’s news to me.”
Shileka denied that he is going to contest for the position despite senior party sources from the region disclosing that he is contesting and has the backing of the Swapo political leadership in the region. “I am not contesting. I quit politics last year,” he said in a telephonic interview.
According to well-placed sources within the party Kayone is likely to lose to Shileka as the leadership wants someone who is from Ombalantu and who is loyal to Omusati governor Erkki Endjala. This, however, has the potential to tear the region apart as most of the cadres occupying top leadership positions in the region are from Ombalantu despite the region compromising of seven tribes mainly Kwanyama, Mbalantu, Ngandjera, Kwambi, Kolonkadhi, Kwaluudhi, Mbandja as well as a significant number of Zemba people who live close to the Kunene River within the Uukolonkadhi area.
The two will contest for the position which is currently occupied by Endjala who has to relinquish his position after becoming a regional governor. Other Swapo positions that are also up for grabs are regional information and mobilisation secretary and treasurer.
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