WINDHOEK, FEB 19 – President Hage Geingob this afternoon exercised his powers as Party president, rebutting Secretary General Sophia Shaningwa’s decision to recall Rundu Councilors only days after their swearing in.
Last week SWAPO Party’s Politburo’s resolved to call back Councilors Isaak Kandingu, Toini Hausiku and Anastacia Antonio Shinduvi, all of whom were elected as Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Chairperson of Management respectively.
In an unprecedented meeting that Geingob held at SWAPO headquarters in an attempt to bring unity within the party, a three hour delay was the mainstay of the event, as a meeting supposed to start at 14h00 spilled onto 16h00 due to top management’s engagement in a a fierce Caucasus prior to the meeting.
While the meeting was taking place at SWAPO party headquarters in Windhoek, some 700 kilometres away, Members of SWAPO party in Kavango East took to the streets of Rundu in large numbers, demonstrating against the recall of Rundu Councillors by Politburo, and further called for their immediate reinstatement.
Geingob, who chaired the crisis meeting told the Councilors that the purpose of the meeting was to convene as comrades on issues effecting the party before diplomatically stating that the Councilors must remain in their capacity as they were sworn in, cautioning that it must not be a ploy to embarrass former Mayor Verna Sinimbo.
A fearless and evidently seething Toini Hausiku called out Sophia Shaningwa, demanding an explanation about her directives before accusing Shaningwa of favoritism and secret travels to Rundu.
Toini, who spoke in the absence of her husband Marco Hausiku, held no punches back as she launched at Geingob, demanding him to make it categorically clear that their recall was withdrawn with immediate effect in writing; similar to the conditions of the trio’s removal from office. Marco Hausiku’s absence was evident, and according to sources, he was under the weather. However, his absence did little to hide the fact that his wife is subject to scrutiny.
Meanwhile, Geingob was adamant that proper pronunciation on the matter will be revealed when SWAPO Party Politburo meet next week.
Former Mayor of Rundu Verna Sinimbo was also given a chance to speak and she stated that she accepted to become an ordinary Councilor and serve in that capacity.
She concluded:” we must accept that all of us failed the residents of Rundu.”
By Robert Maseka