…Swapo congress candidates’ campaign in full-swing
Swapo vice president hopeful Helmut Angula has approached the party’s secretary general Nangolo Mbumba seeking permission to use party resources during his campaign. The Patriot can reveal that Angula earlier this month wrote to Mbumba seeking the greenlight to use Swapo facilities countrywide to execute his campaign.
Sources claimed that, in the letter, Angula purportedly asked the party to consider availing funds for candidates to campaign. Angula yesterday vehemently denied requesting for party funding. Angula said he only asked for permission to utilize Swapo facilities such as offices in the different regions and district. “What I requested was facilities, not funds. (I requested) for facilities such as office space at Swapo offices where we can have meetings even in the regions. I didn’t ask money, I asked for facilities,” Angula reiterated.
Surprisingly, Angula is yet to get any response of the Swapo SG. “I have not gotten any response. Anyway I am using the facilities. That was formality. Just to make sure the party knows that I am not using Swapo Party facilities illegally…I can occupy them. So where am I expected to do my campaigns? I can go to district offices and call people for meetings and utilise them where necessary, including the Swapo Party vehicles or stationery in those offices if I have to,” said Angula. Angula, however, refused to share the communique between him and Mbumba citing confidentiality.
“I cannot share it[letter] with you. It’s a confidential letter and a correspondence between two offices,” he said. Angula was spotted campaigning in the Zambezi Region earlier this week. At this stage it is not know if he managed to lobby successfully. In an earlier interview with this publication, Angula suggested that the short campaign period may play to the advantage of some candidates aspiring for positions at the upcoming congress.
During the launch of “Team Swapo Party” candidates for Congress 2017 which took place at Swapo headquarters in Windhoek yesterday morning Vice Presidential candidate Pendukani Iivula-Ithana retorted “ the SG’s office is the engine of the party. This office cannot discriminate against party members. I can’t believe that the SG would be giving resources to the one side and not to the other unless he wants to continue to violate the constitution and the rules of the party. So I will give him the benefit of the doubt. must be shared equitably. We are not asking for millions, if we have N$10 we must split it three ways.”
When Swapo holds its elective congress in November, Angula will square off against fellow politburo members in the form of Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah. As things stand, the battle lines ahead of the November congress have been drawn and official campaigns are in full-swing.
On one end of the sword is the Geingob faction which is led by acting Swapo President Hage Geingob. Geingob’ slate includes Nandi-Ndaitwah for vice president, Minister Sofia Shaningwa for secretary general and former Parliamentarian Marco Hausiku for the deputy secretary general position.
On the other end, although unclear at this stage, “Team Swapo Party” is led by former Prime Minister Nahas Angula and sport Minister Jerry Ekandjo as presidential candidates, Iivula-Ithana and Helmut Angula as vice presidents, and Oshikoto regional coordinator Armas Amukwiyu as secretary general.
For the deputy SG’s position, the “Team Swapo Party“ has Petrina Haingura and businesswoman Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun.