Swapo's Wakudumo and Shinduvi face axe

22 September 2020 | Politics

Kenya Kambowe


The Swapo Kavango East regional executive committee (REC) passed a motion of no confidence in the region's coordinator Ottilie Shinduvi and the regional mobiliser Bonifatius Wakudumo, over the weekend.

Wakudumo who was recently appointed by President Hage Geingob as the regional governor, has been accused of spearheading tribalism, factionalism, regionalism and allegedly violating the party's constitution.

In the lengthy submission, the duo is also accused of interfering in elections at grass roots level and imposing their preferred candidates onto various structures.

“The regional coordinator and the governor have been campaigning secretly to promote their preferred regional council candidates,” the submission read.

Party car misuse

“The regional coordinator misappropriates or improperly uses the party car as it has been driven by unauthorised person while the party driver is being denied using the car simply because he is not from her tribe.

“Both the regional coordinator and the governor behave in such a way as to provoke or cause division or break-down of party unity and participate in organised factional activity that goes beyond the party's organised norms, with a view to obtain any privilege in relation to their official positions or duties, thus causing an injury and serious damage to the party,” it further read.

Majority vote

On Sunday, a joint meeting with the REC and the party's regional leaders took place in Rundu, led by Hamunyera Hambyuka.

Shortly after the meeting, he confirmed the vote of no confidence in Shinduvi and Wakudumo, adding that the majority of the REC were in agreement.

However, the submission will have to be handed over to the politburo.

“The procedure of the party is very clear. The only body or structure of the party which can attend to the petition or serious complaints is the politburo,” Hambyuka said.

“The recommendation of the REC needs to be given to the politburo and the politburo will then use their function and their rights to amend or to advise the regional executive.”

When contacted for comment, Shinduvi said they plan to host a press conference on the matter.

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