By Elvis Muraranganda
THE power tussle within the ruling Swapo party’s rank and file in the Omaheke region continues to gain rapid momentum and threatens to raze the region into bits and pieces as party Secretary General Nangolo Mbumba is caught in the centre of this storm.
This comes hot on the heels of a Confidente article revealing frustration and factionism in the region over whether Regional Governor Festus Ueitele, national council member Phillipus Katamelo and Okorumbe constituency councillor Raphael Mokaleng should continue to occupy party positions within the structures.
The Swapo constitution states elected or appointed politicians have to vacate party positions upon assuming new office, but this is said not have been the case with the three politicians.
Angry politicians this week continued to lift more lids on the skeleton in the Swapo structures in that region, exposing patches of tribalism, spells of witch-hunts and pre-congress fever.
Mbumba has since maintained that he met with the entire Swapo leadership in the region to iron out the bone of contention as well as lay out a new strategy to heal the relationship between the highly divided cadres.
However, this assertion was again challenged by those comrades in the party who are not happy with the fact that some politicians continue to enjoy double positions.
In another letter to Confidente the group stated that it never blueprinted a plan of action as claimed by Mbumba.
However, it is alleged that Mbumba’s invitation letter to the meeting indicated that the purpose of the meeting as information sharing.
“In the meeting (with Mbumba), there was no agreement on what steps to take at the regional district, branch and section levels to eliminate these double positions,” reads the letter.
“In line with the Swapo Constitution, letters have been written to inform the affected comrades. What should remain to be done is the holding of the extra-ordinary conferences to fill the vacancies.
“It cannot be correct for our affected comrades who are appointed and/or elected representatives at government level to remain in those vacant positions and participate in meetings of the party’s structures as voting members at the regional and district levels.”
Also, it is alleged that Swapo’s top leadership is deliberately ignoring the mess in the region as the three politicians are expected to sway votes in a certain direction at different upcoming structure elective meetings and ultimately the national congress towards the end of the year.
It is noted that Mbumba recently nullified the extra-ordinary Okorukambe District conference on the grounds that it was not given the go-ahead by the party’s regional executive committee (REC).
It was at this conference that Frans Murangi was elected to replace Mokaleng as district coordinator.
According to the concerned politicians, the decision to set aside this elective meeting reflects bias and inconsistency since the party also nullified the Swapo Party Women’s Council Regional Conference election which it okayed previously and convened a second elective process.
This, it is alleged, was done without a single complaint from any of that wing’s structures.
The first conference elected Bianca van Wyk as regional coordinator, Jogbeth Hengari as a mobiliser and Franziska Nguvauva, as the regional treasurer.
They were however replaced by Justine Bernard as coordinator, Nona Gorases as a mobiliser and Mbata Mbaeva as the regional treasurer. Bernard is the sister of Christine //Hoebes, the deputy minister in the Office of the Prime Minister.
“Over the past weekend, the Swapo Party Elder’s Council held a regional conference in Omaheke. This is despite the fact that the Swapo Party Omaheke REC did not give a go-ahead,” the letter indicated.
“We are still to see whether the (Elders’ Council) regional conference will be nullified too, based on the same reason that it did not get the go-ahead from the Omaheke Swapo REC.”
They further called on Mbumba to apply party statutes without any fear or favour.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015