By Eliaser Ndeyanale
SIX prominent Swapo members have lost out on being nominated as central committee members at the upcoming ruling party elective congress in November, after they were rejected at last weekend’s Kavango West regional conference.
Among them are parliamentarian Marina Kandumbu, Home Affairs chief public relations officer Salome Kambala, former Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) Secretary Elijah Ngurare, senior education official Kletus Karondo and SPYL Central Committee member Felix Haingura.
Deputy Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister, Anna Shiweda, also lost out, when she failed to garner enough votes at the regional conference.
Shiweda describes it as a mystery that she was nominated at the regional conference, as she is not from the Kavango West region, and she is not there as a national leader.
“I was not part of that meeting, and I don’t know how it (the nominations) was done,” she said.
According to a picture of the voting outcome, which went viral on social media, Ngurare received a single vote, while others also garnered little support.
Joseph Kandjimi emerged as the leading nominee, with 29 votes.
After the news of Ngurare’s defeat went viral, he posted the following on his Facebook wall, “Some say Friday I was at the High Court in Windhoek; some say Saturday I was at Nkurenkuru in Kavango West Regional Conference. Actually, Friday I was attending a memorial service at Katjinakatji and Saturday I was at Sarusungu cemetery burying our departed (sic).”
Numerous calls to his mobile went unanswered this week. He also did not respond to questions sent to his cellphone.
Approached for comment, Kambala referred Confidente to the regional coordinator, saying he is the legitimate person to answer.
Haingura, who got zero votes, said he withdrew from the race, because he is young and wants to concentrate on other things.Karondo refused to comment.
The Kavango West nominees for the Swapo Central Committee are Kavango West Regional Governor, Sirkka Ausiku, who received 19 votes at the regional conference, Ncuncuni Constituency Councillor, Rosa Kavara, who received 10 votes, Swapo National Assembly Deputy Chief Whip Hamunyera Hambyuka, who received 18 votes and Joseph Sivaku, who received 20 votes.
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