Former Deputy Prime Minister, Marco Hausiku, said this week that he does not think that he was humiliated or belittled when Acting Party President, Hage Geingob, asked him to run for the SWAPO Party deputy secretary general position.
Speaking during an exclusive interview with the Windhoek Observer this week, Hausiku said no party member is above any position that he would have been assigned to.
There has been a fierce public debate in recent weeks as party members felt that Hausiku had been humiliated when he accepted to run for the lesser deputy secretary general position, while his juniors in the ruling party, Sophia Shaningwa and Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, were chosen by Geingob to compete for the secretary general and vice president positions, respectively.
“There has been a different thinking in terms of assignment and request to serve, but I have never thought of an assignment as being smaller than the person assigned to do it,” Hausiku said.
“It is true that I have served [in high government office] and that I am considered to be a senior in the group amongst the other candidates, but it is not true that the assignment to stand for deputy secretary general is smaller. The concept I believe in is assignments are always about the bigger picture and the assignees are the smaller picture. I will be there to serve the party and not myself.
“It’s human for people to believe in the way they see things and interpret them the way they see it fit, but in my view, every assignment has a purpose. It’s not very easy to see that purpose, it is difficult, so on that basis, I want to assure people that think and believe that I am demoted, belittled or humiliated when I accepted to contest for this post, that it’s not like that at all. That’s not how I look at it,” Hausiku told the Windhoek Observer.
Hausiku, who is currently the Interim Rector at the SWAPO Party School, served as foreign affairs minister from 2004 to 2010 and as deputy prime minister from 2010 until 2015.
He is also a member of the SWAPO Party Central Committee.
The 63-year-old party leader who hails from Kapako in the Kavango region said that people can say whatever they want, but he remain convinced that no person is bigger than the position that he serves.
“When I served in the position of foreign affairs minister, my deputy was older than me. And yet, we worked together well. We all make individual contributions; I believe in title-less leadership.
“He (Geingob) called me too and said: ‘I hear people are saying that I have humiliated you, and I told him ‘No, I don’t feel humiliated to serve.’ For me it is about principle, I don’t see this as humiliation at all,” Hausiku said.
Hausiku said he will respect the outcome of the elective congress should he lose against his peers.
“Congress is almost here, and election is election and when you analyse the word it says a lot. On the surface, it is getting the vote or being denied the vote, but deeper analysis means people are using their own minds; they can draw a cross when they want you or not when they don’t.
“I think I stand a good chance of winning the election. But I also think that one should expect anything to happen. If I win, I will make my contribution and that contribution will be wonderful, and if I lose, I will respect the will of the people,” Hausiku said.
Hausiku is contesting for the deputy secretary general position against Petrina Haingura and Martha Namudjebo-Tilahun.