SWAPO hawks circle around Kaura

21 April 2017 Author   Sonja Smith
Kunene Regional Governor Advisor, Katuutire Kaura

Kunene Regional Governor Advisor, Katuutire Kaura, has come under fire for “promoting” the interests of former official opposition party, DTA, in the region. Several SWAPO Party members in the region alleged this week that Kaura’s current role is compromising the party in the region.

The sources claimed that Kaura’s position was not only compromising the ruling party, but he was also being given preferential treatment because of his close relationship with President Hage Geingob.

“They went to school together at Augustineum Secondary School and they also stayed together in the States,” one of the sources said.

The former DTA President was appointed Special Advisor to the Governor of the Kunene region, Angelika Muharukua, in September 2015.

Kaura was appointed by Geingob as special advisor to Muharukua for Kunene North, while John //Khamuseb has been advising the Governor on matters of Kunene South.

When contacted for comment, SWAPO Secretary General, Nangolo Mbumba dismissed the claims.

“I did not hear anything like that. As far as I know he is working closely with the Kunene Governor and he has not refused a Government assignment. I also know that he performs Government tasks whenever the Governor is out of office.

“This is not the first time that we have an individual from a different political party. If this is indeed going on, then my office has not been informed officially,” Mbumba said.

Other sources alleged that Muharukua campaigned for DTA during the 2015 November elections, which saw the Epupa Constituency being retained by DTA’s Nguzu Muharukua.

The sources further claimed that Nguzu is related to the Governor’s late husband.

Nguzu received 3 672 votes, while Jona Kakordo of SWAPO garnered 3 260 votes.

In an interview on Wednesday, Kaura said the claims were “absolute rubbish”.

“I have the experience of knowing the difference between being a civil servant and being a politician. Right now as we speak, I am a civil servant. I have nothing to do with politics anymore.

“I am not promoting DTA at all. Whoever is accusing me of these things is talking absolutely rubbish. The president and I met in school in 1958 when we were both 17 years old. What is wrong with that?

“Yes we stayed together in the states, but what is wrong with that? What is wrong with knowing each other as human beings? I am only serving my people and no longer involved in politics,”Kaura said.

The Windhoek Observer attempted to contact Muharukua, but she did not answer her phone by the time of going to print.

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