Saturday 10 April 2021
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Court ruling boosts Ngurare’s congress bid

President Hage Geingob and axed Swapo Party Youth League secretary Dr. Elijah Ngurare could square   off at Congress after all, this is after the High Court yesterday ruled against beleaguered NUNW president Ismael Kasuto.
Kasuto was removed from office in August by NUNW’s central executive committee. Surprisingly, Kasuto continued purporting to be the president and continued to conduct activities under the NUNW banner.
Kasuto had submitted his own list of candidates to the party, which did not feauture Ngurare on it. NUNW has been considered a threat to team Geingob.

NUNW subsequently approached the High Court in a bid to interdict Kasuto from carrying out any activities under the NUNW banner and also prohibiting him from referring to himself as the NUNW president.
Judge Boas Usiku yesterday ordered that Kasuto should not in any way act as NUNW president or use any of the union’s official communication tools. He was also interdicted from entering the NUNW headquarters without prior permission from the union.
Kasuto was the reason why a NUNW delegation was chucked out of a Swapo Party central committee meeting earlier this month.
His political manoeuvring was an attempt to ensure that the list of NUNW delegates to the ruling party’s congress, which includes Geingob’s foe no. 1 Ngurare, was nullified. With the party’s central committee meeting slated for next weekend, it remains to be seen if it will welcome the list with Ngurare’s name on it.

This would effectively mean that Ngurare would be eligible to contest for a position at congress.
Geingob led the crusade to oust Ngurare from the SPYL in 2015. The two never had a cordial relationship and it is no secret that if it were up to Geingob, Ngurare would be following the congress proceedings from his house.
Sources familiar with the events say Kasuto’s presence at the CC meeting was staged to portray a picture that NUNW was not united. Nevonga left the venue with his tail between his legs. As a result, former Swapo Party Youth League Dr. Elijah Ngurare’s nomination for secretary general was blocked, seeing that he features on the NUNW list of congress delegates.

The battle for supremacy between Geingob’s camp and that of his political adversary Ekandjo is the reason why-at this moment- close to 100 000 members of NUNW may not be represented at the party’s Congress next month. The Patriot can reveal that the battle that has ensued between the Swapo Party and the National Union of Namibian Workers(NUNW) has nothing to do with the 16 personalities on the list-but more with their allegiance to the camps vying for the top positions at congress.

NUNW is currently predominantly run by the Jerry Ekandjo faction, spearheaded by the union’s secretary general Job Muniaro.
Muniaro is the former regional secretary of Swapo in Omaheke, he was roped in before the 2012 congress to replace the ousted Evilastus Kaaronda who was systematically removed.

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