Angry Shaningwa washes her hands

The Swapo SG says she wants nothing to do with the affairs of the Rundu town council and never wants to be contacted in connection with the matter again.

10 May 2019 | Politics

Swapo secretary-general Sophia Shaningwa says she does not want to be disturbed by questions about the ongoing fracas unfolding among ruling party councillors in Rundu.

The political mess includes a party directive being defied by three Swapo councillors, who were later recalled by Shaningwa, before a meeting chaired by President Hage Geingob in February seemed to pour oil on troubled waters.

However, the dust is simply refusing the settlement. Last Thursday the town council was to have convened to swear in a third councillor to be part of the management committee, so the body could become functional.

However, this never happened after Ralph Ihemba allegedly reneged on an agreement he had struck with James Sankwasa, who is the chairperson of the Swapo leaders assigned to Kavango East.

Shaningwa was dragged back into the fracas by allegations that she pulled the strings to have Ihemba renege on the deal to serve on the committee.

The Rundu battle has steadily unfolded since last year, culminating in Shaningwa's initiative to retain Verna Sinimbo as mayor and Ralph Ihemba as her deputy being defied.

In complete defiance, the council elected Isack Kandingu as mayor and Toini Hausiku as his deputy earlier this year, while Anastacia Shinduvi-Foya was elected as the chairperson of the management committee, which remains incomplete and unable to attend to critical administrative affairs in a town beset by monumental challenges.

An annoyed Shaningwa said this week she has nothing to do with the Rundu council's affairs and never again wants to be contacted about the matter.

“I think you are very much aware that I was nearly taken to court as far those things are concerned and I really do not know why you people are disturbing me with these types of things.

“I do not want anyone to call me as far as this issue is concerned; you people leave me alone. They said they are not going to follow the directive of the Swapo Party, but here and there, day and night, people are following and asking me. My directive was done away with long time ago.

“I stopped and they are on their own, this is what they wanted - to be on their own.

They are not under the umbrella of the Swapo Party. Nonsense man,” Shaningwa said.

“I wanted services for the Rundu town council and as the former minister of urban and rural development, I never discriminated against any town council. Why should I discriminate against any town council now?”

When contacted for comment recently, Sankwasa confirmed he visited Rundu and secretly met with Ihemba, whom he said eventually agreed to take up the third position on the Rundu management committee.

Sankwasa said he then arranged for another meeting with the councillor, in the presence of Kavango East governor Samuel Mbambo and Shinduvi-Foya.

Sankwasa added it was also decided that acting Rundu CEO Sikongo Haihambo was to be contacted, so the swearing-in ceremony could take place.

When contacted for comment, Ihemba said he had not been aware of the swearing-in ceremony.

When asked whether his consultation with Ihemba was approved by Shaningwa, Sankwasa said he was guided by the lack of progress on the Rundu issue.

“There are problems and the problems are caused by this one (person), who is refusing, and I go to this one (person) to ask: Why are you refusing? Did I need top management for that?”

This week Haihambo tendered his resignation and will leave the council at the end of June.

When contacted for comment, urban and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga said the ministry will soon communicate with the Rundu town council.

“I am going to address that issue with the Rundu town council. I will be writing a letter to them.”


Similar News


Geingob draws Kavango fire

3 days ago - 16 August 2019 | Politics

KENYA KAMBOWE and ELLANIE SMIT President Hage Geingob has come under fire following comments he made during this...

Town hall meetings 'no election gimmick'

4 days ago - 15 August 2019 | Politics

Presidential spokesperson Alfredo Hengari has categorically denied allegations that President Hage Geingob's town hall meetings are a disguised election campaign taking place at taxpayers' expense...

I’m not authoritarian - Venaani

6 days ago - 13 August 2019 | Politics

OGONE TLHAGE Popular Democratic Movement leader McHenry Venaani has denied an accusation that he is running the party...

How well do you know your youth leagues?

6 days ago - 13 August 2019 | Politics

Elizabeth Joseph & Justicia ShipenaThe Namibian youth knows all too well about political promises, but how much do we really know? Young people in Namibia...

Geingob, Diescho slugfest

1 week ago - 12 August 2019 | Politics

KENYA KAMBOWE President Hage Geingob has used a town hall meeting to lay into one of his fiercest...

Venaani accused of being authoritarian

1 week ago - 12 August 2019 | Politics

Suspended Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) councillor Othniel Tjikuua has accused party president McHenry Venaani of running the political party as if it was his property....

Namvet wants 'refund'

1 week ago - 08 August 2019 | Politics

The Namibia War Veterans Trust (Namvet) is once again demanding answers from the Swapo-led government, as well as Standard Bank Namibia, about the N$36 million...

EVM hacking a 'farce'

1 week ago - 07 August 2019 | Politics

Opposition parties have rejected the Electoral Commission's “hacking challenge” at the last minute, saying the ECN had not provided them with the specifications of the...

Swapo elders throw weight behind Geingob

1 week ago - 05 August 2019 | Politics

The Swapo Party Elder’s Council (SPEC) has called on all Namibians to rally behind President Hage Geingob in the upcoming general election. According to a...

250 000 registered

2 weeks ago - 02 August 2019 | Politics

JEMIMA BEUKES A total of 256 564 Namibians registered during the recent supplementary voter registration period, including 734 citizens at diplomatic missions abroad.The upcoming National...

Latest News

Kärcher Centre Taurus opens its...

11 hours ago | Business

Windhoekers have been in for a treat since the past Saturday when the first fully fledged Kärcher Centre in Southern Africa outside of South Africa...

Defence spends half a billion...

11 hours ago | Economics

The ministry of defence spent about N$491.7 million for three consecutive financial years without the approval of Treasury.This is in direct contravention of the State...

Daily grind

11 hours ago | Labour

Even though most of Namibia's more than 72 000 domestic workers earn above the minimum N$1 502 a month, close to 80% of them say...

Corpses rot in homes

11 hours ago | Health

Unregistered deaths, including infant mortalities, and corpses being left to rot in homes over weekends, are just some of the challenges being faced by the...

Young mom hacked to death

11 hours ago | Crime

A 23-year-old woman was brutally murdered this past Friday in Kavango West, allegedly by her long-time boyfriend, who hacked her to death with an axe...

It was tough - Tomas

11 hours ago | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMI Namibian long-distance runners Rainhold Tomas and Alina Armas are the winners of the 19th edition of the Old Mutual Victory Race in the...

Uganda, Zambia deny Huawei spying...

11 hours ago | Business

Kampala - Uganda and Zambia on Friday denied a report that employees of Chinese telecom giant Huawei had helped them spy on political opponents.The Wall...

Vetkoek court fight postponed

11 hours ago | Business

Yanna Smith - The High Court matter in which Namib Mills has sued Bokomo Namibia for “dishonest practises in industrial or commercial matters” was postponed...

Import VAT exemption on certain...

11 hours ago | Business

The Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) approached the department of inland revenue to exempt certain animal feed products by Namibian farmers from import value-added tax (VAT)....

Load More