Shaningwa rallies Swapo wings ahead of 2022 congress

11 October 2021 | Politics

JEMIMA BEUKES



WINDHOEK

Swapo secretary-general Sophia Shaningwa has expressed concern that some regional structures of the party are lagging in their renewal of mandates ahead of next year’s party elective congress.

“Comrade elders, we shall hold the party congress next year 2022. Swapo Party wings, as per our own procedures, must always renew their mandates. Therefore, we cannot hold a congress with structures that are expired,” she said on Saturday while officiating the opening of the Swapo Party Elders Council (SPEC) central committee meeting.

Shaningwa told the party’s elders’ council that they must speak truth to power to hold members to account for the sake of Swapo’s survival.

SPEC held its central committee meeting at a time when the party’s structures are believed to be in shambles, much to the frustration of top leadership.

“In 2024, there will be elections and there is no way that Swapo is going to mobilise effectively if the structures are not in place,” Shaningwa said.

She warned members to stick to the party rules and procedures and not create unnecessary legal challenges for Swapo - both from outside and inside the party.



‘You are the foundation’

Shaningwa told party elders that they are the foundation of the ruling party and should act the part by instilling values and sharing their stories with the youth.

“All the time, all the way, we have to make sure that our party stands tall, all the time and all the way. This will only be possible when we tell one another the truth; the truth as enshrined in our constitution and as available in our procedures,” she said.

Swapo has suffered numerous legal blows in the last five years, including a court challenge to stop the party’s extraordinary congress in 2018.

There was another challenge the previous year to have the extraordinary congress - at which the current top leadership was elected - declared unlawful and unconstitutional.

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