Governor's advisor causes scandal in Angola

22 July 2019 | Government

The governor for the Oshana Region, Elia Irimari, reportedly sent his special advisor, Michael Mwinga, home from an official visit to Angola for allegedly causing embarrassment at the Cunene Province state house.

A 38-member delegation from Oshana Region led by Irimari last week paid a four-day visit to Angola to attend the Cunene Province-Oshana Business Forum.

The aim of the forum, held at Ondjiva in Angola, was to bring together the business communities of the two regions to exchange ideas and strengthen ties.

According to Irimari the governor of the Cunene Province in southern Angola, Vigilio Tyova, had extended the invitation to his office.

The delegation travelled to Angola on Tuesday and returned on Friday.

Among them were regional council chairperson Gerson Hannu Kapenda, Ongwediva constituency councillor Andreas Utoni, Oshakati West councillor Andreas Johannes, chief regional officer Martin Elago, Teopolina Mbangula, education deputy director Gerhard Ndafenongo and about 16 business people led by President Hage Geingob's advisor on the revival of the economy, Banda Shilimela, and his wife, Esra.

According to a well-placed source, Irimari, Mwinga, Kapenda, Elago, the Shilimela couple and a few council officials were accommodated at the state house while the rest of the delegation stayed at a local hotel.

The source reported that on Wednesday evening, Mwinga sneaked out of the state house.

“Upon his return he was drunk and started shouting out loud in the state house and caused a commotion and the Angolan state security wanted to take him out of the state house but they stopped after some officials from the Namibian delegation got involved,” said the source.

“Mwinga's conduct irritated the governor and on Thursday morning he called him for a meeting and sent him back home.”

When contacted, Mwinga denied that anything of such nature had happened.

Irimari would neither confirm nor deny the allegation, but said the trip was a success.

The Oshana Regional Council spokesperson, Eli Ashikoto, who also was part of the delegation to Angola, said he was unaware of any such incident.


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