Dilapidated Swapo office unsafe

13 July 2018 | Politics

Swapo Oshana regional coordinator Samuel Nelongo says the party's regional office at Oshakati is in dire need of renovations, adding that more office space is also required, as the regional mobiliser is being forced to operate from the boardroom.

Nelongo this week revealed there are safety concerns about the state of the building, which he and other Swapo members operate from, saying it's not conducive and they are in need of more offices and a library.

Apart from the Oshana mobiliser operating from the boardroom, the coordinator for the Swapo Party School in Oshana is not accommodated at the premises, due to lack of office space.

Huge cracks were observed in the boardroom during a visit by Namibian Sun, which extend to the exterior of the building.

The paint is also peeling and the fence, which has been damaged for many years, has not been repaired to date.

“This building is cracking massively and the boardroom is worse, as they are visible from the outside, which is not good. Party members and visitors like you gather in that boardroom for different events and it is not a good image for the party to have a cracked building,” Nelongo said.

“We need this building to be at a good standard, because our safety is at risk here. We also need more offices and a library, because the administration has increased and the Swapo Party has introduced the party school, and we need to have a place where party members can acquire knowledge and do research.”

Nelongo explained that the cracks in the wall are not recent, but have been there for a number of years, during the era of his predecessor Erastus Kapolo.

They have just worsened, he said.

Nelongo said the regional executive on several occasions attempted to have the building revamped, but their efforts were successful.

Nelongo said before the building was renovated about six years ago, the party's Oshana regional executive had suggested and proposed that they need a library, but to no avail.

Nelongo said he had written a letter to party secretary-general Sophia Shaningwa's office informing her of various matters, including the shortage of offices.

Shaningwa did not confirm nor deny having received the letter, before responding with a series of questions.

“What is your interest in Swapo Party offices? Were you sent by the coordinator to come and ask me those types of questions? Sort it out with the coordinator,” Shaningwa said.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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