Some councillors had no skills to deliver - Geingob
20 October 2020 | Politics
Swapo president Hage Geingob says the party has realised that some of its regional and local authority councillors did not possess the needed skills and qualifications to deliver on the bread-and-butter issues in communities.
Geingob said this while launching the party's 2020 regional and local authority election campaign in Windhoek this past weekend. He said after the party had experienced reduced votes in the 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections, it had a candid discussion and realised that some of its councillors have not been able to deliver on the bread-and-butter issues at regional and local authority level, because they lack the skills and qualifications needed to deliver basic services to their communities. “Following the conclusion of the introspection, we put in place corrective measures to enable party cadres to deliver basic services to our people,” said Geingob. He added that in the recent internal party elections, it was ensured that young and qualified party cadres from both genders were elected to contest in the November elections, saying this was a process of renewal of trust and that they will do justice to the mandate of service delivery without any excuses. “In this regard, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the secretary-general, regional coordinators and other party functionaries for their excellent work during this process.
“I also thank outgoing councillors for the work they have carried out over the past five years.
“To those of you who did not make it, it is not the end of the world,” said Geingob.
He added that other political parties who thought they would have younger candidates than Swapo were disappointed. Swapo vice-president Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said the party has put monitoring measures in place to supervise elected councillors, to make sure that they deliver on the party's election manifesto.