By Confidente Reporter
THE battle for the Swapo Women’s Council (SPWC), secretary position has become messier as the December 9 elections draw closer amid allegations that they is a de-campaigning plot against one of the contenders Eunice Ipinge, Confidente has learnt.
Confidente is informed that several senior Swapo members are allegedly involved in the plot to de-campaign Ipinge.
The SPWC congress will be held in Keetmanshoop this weekend.
Ipinge is battling for the SPWC secretary position against incumbent Petrina Haingura and Sylvia Kandanga.
According to sources privy to the matter three meetings were held at two Windhoek hotels on September 9 and November 18 while the other meeting was held in Katima Mulilo on September 17.
“Three separate meetings were carried out to formulate a strategy for Eunice not to win. Three methods were advised firstly, instructions were sent to all 14 Swapo regional offices to coerce the delegates nominated for congress not to vote for her, secondly intelligence people were deployed to all regions to monitor the progress and the presiding officer was appointed with clear instructions to manipulate
the votes in favour of Haingura and assassination before the Congress either something like a car accident or any appropriate method that fits.
“The first meeting was attended by 27 senior Swapo members. Some of the people who attended were governors and councillors from all 14 regions. The agenda of the meeting was how to defeat Eunice at the polls even if she is popular among delegates.” sources close to the matter told Confidente.
However, Haingura when contacted for comment denied being part of any plot to de-campaign Ipinge.
“It is them who are sabotaging the congress, not me. As leaders we remained behind in Windhoek at the party’s headquarters to ensure that everything is done to detail and that everything is in place. I am one of the signatories and because we approved finances for fuel etc for our international delegates, I am being accused of sabotaging. What type of a leader will I be if I don’t do what is right for our guests? Now you tell me, who is sabotaging who here?
“Everything as per our plans is going on smoothly and we are ready for the congress. Those on the ground are equally working hard to ensure that things run smoothly on the day when the President, comrade President Hage Geingob will officiate,” she said.
Haingura added that she had done a lot for the upliftment of women in the country as SPWC secretary.
“I have done a lot for women through conferences, those that were not confident are now confident to stand. I helped to push for the 50/50 representation and because of that the representation of women in Parliament stands at 45 percent. Where we are not doing well perhaps is in the regions but we are putting strategies in place to ensure that we succeed across board,” she said.
When contacted for comment, Tuesday, Ipinge said her alleged detractors if they do exist are allowed to do as they please.
“I haven’t heard anything but let them do what they have to. It’s a democracy. I am a straightforward person and I can’t force myself to lead people unless the people want me to lead them. I was nominated by the women themselves and as you can see yourself I am not campaigning for myself but those who nominated me are doing that on my behalf. I don’t know why some people want to rob these women of their choice,” she said.
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