The ruling party’s regional leaders in Omaheke will not face any disciplinary action after it was found that candidates who were initially selected to go to the women’s congress that took place in Keetmanshoop last week were handpicked.
Because of the irregularities, the Swapo Party Politburo had declared the restructuring process by Party Women Council (SPWC) in the Omaheke null and void and a Task Team was sent to the region to conduct last minute elective meetings to elect delegates who eventually represented the region at the congress.
The party deputy secretary general Laura Mcleod-Katjirua confirmed this week that nothing will happen to the regional leadership in Omaheke.
Eunice Ipinge was elected as secretary of the SPWC, she will be deputized by Fransina Kahungu.
“The Political Bureau expressed its appreciation to the Swapo Party team of leaders which were assigned to assist Swapo Party Women’s Council Omaheke Regional Office, to complete their restructuring process. Despite the difficult terrains of Omaheke, the team made sure that the restructuring was completed timely to enable the Swapo Party Women’s Council delegates from Omaheke to attend the recently concluded congress in Keetmanshoop,” she said.
The investigation team was led by Hamunyera Hambyuka is in agreement with Party Politburo’s decision to nullify the whole SPWC Omaheke regional restructuring process.
“We want the restructuring to be redone from the section up to the regional level,” said the task team in a report submitted to the .
The team was in Omaheke last weekend to conduct the restructuring process which was concluded with a regional conference on Monday where delegates to the congress were chosen.
“The task team is in support of the Politburo because precedence of this nature must not be entertained at all means,” reads the report According to the report finding, it is “undisputed” that people in Omaheke were handpicked for positions not only in the SPWC but in all wings including the mother body.
In the report, Swapo was able to establish that in most of the restructuring process had taken place, the holding Branch Conferences were not in line with both the Swapo party nor the SPWC Constitutions.
The Task Team carried out its investigations as directed by Party Secretary General Nangolo Mbumba on 7 October 2016.
According to the irregularities that were found during the investigation process, in some districts the restructuring was not done in accordance with the Swapo Party rules and regulation like in Aminius.
In the Epukiro District it was found that verification of membership cards could not proceed as it had been expected because only a few members brought their cards with them.
The Gobabis district most of the party structure were in place but were incomplete due people were not fully versed with regard to the restructuring process. Furthermore, in the Kalahari district, it was found that some areas were overlooked in the restructuring process.
The Okorukambe district consists of nine members but only five were active and some branches were left out due to political differences according to the investigations.
The Task Team found that there was no cooperation between the district mother Body (Swapo) leadership and SPWC in Otjinene.
Otjombinde district the SPWC membership cards were only distributed members during the attempted restructuring by “a brother and a sister of the independent candidates” who were non Swapo members.