WINDHOEK, 16 MAY – The Swapo Party on Wednesday commissioned the elected new members of its secretariat in the capital.
The newly-elected members also officially received their letters of appointment in the presence of the party’s Secretary-General, Sophia Shaningwa, who is the chairperson of the secretariat and deputised by Marco Hausiku.
Speaking before the official commissioning, Shaningwa strongly urged the members to jealously fight against the social evils of factionalism within the party structures and to deliver towards its strengthening.
“We are now a new and strong team and we will deliver for the improvement of our party,” noted Shaningwa.
Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs in the Office of the Vice-President, Hilma Nikanor will serve as the secretary for information and mobilisation.
Minister of Works and Transport, John Mutorwa was elected secretary for the party’s transportation matters.
Chairperson of the National Council, Margaret Mensah-Williams is the health and social services secretary, while Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta is heading the portfolio of environment affairs.
Attorney-General, Albert Kawana is the secretary for legal affairs, with Minister of Gender and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka being the new secretary for educational issues.
Minister of Trade and Industrialisation, Tjekero Tweya heads the party’s finance division, while the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Alpheus !Naruseb was elected secretary of economic affairs.
Loide Kasingo, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly is the new secretary for labour, while Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation, Erkki Nghimtina is the new secretary of defence and security and Sylvia Makgone the secretary for health and social services.
Khomas Governor, Laura McLeod-Katjirua heads the the housing, sanitation and rural development portfolio and Speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi was elected as the secretary for external affairs.
In addition, Eunice Iipinge, who is the secretary of the party’s Women’s Council, Mukwaita Shanyengana of the Elders Council and Ephraim Nekongo of the party’s youth league, are also part of the new secretariat.
The members each pledged to commit themselves to the ideals of serving the organisation and the general public honestly and to the best of their abilities for the next five years till 2022.