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Sunday 21 April 2019
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Swapo under pressure

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The ruling party is being placed under pressure by the legal team of the ‘Swapo four’ to issue a written directive in which it implements last week’s High Court judgement.
A week ago Judge Collins Parker ordered that the party reinstate George Kambala, Dimbulukeni Nauyoma, Job Amupanda and Dr. Elijah Ngurare after nullifying their expulsions from the party.
“I hereby request your office to advise and instruct your client, the Swapo Party and through its Secretary General as chief     administrative officer, to immediately issue and address appropriate written directives to implement the Court order and ensure that the membership of my clients in the Swapo Party of Namibia has been restored,” wrote Amupanda-Kamanja Incorporated legal firm in a letter addressed to Swapo’s legal team, Conradie and Damaseb dated 27 April 2016.
According to the legal team of the expelled four, by Wednesday the four did not receive any communication from the party regarding their reintegration into the party.
“My clients have not received since Friday 22, April 2016 until noon today here in Wednesday 27 April 2016 any written expression or otherwise from the Secretary General of the Swapo Party as the administrative officer in compliance and with and effectual implementation of the above and important ruling and Court Order,” states the letter.
Both Mbumba and Dr. Albert Kawana who serves as the party secretary for legal affairs were not available for comment when contacted yesterday.
The quartet took the party to court, on the grounds that the party’s disciplinary procedures – as provided for in the party constitution – were not followed and that they were not given an opportunity to defend themselves.
Parker ruled last week that “the decision taken by the first respondent[Swapo] to deprive the applicants of their membership of 1st respondent is declared unlawful and null and void, and is set aside.”
He further ruled that Swapo must-with immediate effect, restore each applicant’s party membership.
Parker further ordered that the party should pay 60% of the applicants’ legal costs of the application, including costs of one instructing counsel and one instructed counsel.
Those in the legal circles have estimated the legal costs to be nothing less than N$1.5 million, this means Swapo will pay nothing less than N$750 000.




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