Long-standing Parliamentarian for the former minister, Jerry Ekandjo resigned from the current parliament which is scheduled to close it session early next year. The former youth and sports minister who was stripped of his ministerial position last year after challenging Geingob for the leadership of the Party is said to have submitted his resignation to Swapo Party Chief Whip Evelyn Nawases-Taeyele on Thursday.
He may not be eligible for a retirement pay out as per the rules of the Parliament. Ekandjo was originally ranked 107 on the party list, but was rescued by Geingob to be re-listed at position 31 and will be included for next year’ s parliament.
Questions sent to Ekandjo for comment remained unanswered by the time of going to press.
“I am currently in a meeting somewhere. Just send me your questions via text and I will reply,” Ekandjo said earlier.
The nomination of Ekandjo, who was Geingob's known political rival, came about after the former failed to make it onto the 96-member parliamentary list at the party's electoral college held in Windhoek in September last year.
It is an open secret that the inclusion of Ekandjo, whom Geingob had fired from his ministerial portfolio in 2018 after the bruising 2017 Swapo elective congress, was seen as a move to appease the ‘Team Swapo’ faction within the ruling party. Some who supported Ekandjo’s election bid during the 2017 congress were concerned when he ‘accepted’ Geingob’s handout, leaving the rest of his erstwhile Team Swapo slate out in the cold.
Jerry Ekandjo is a former political prisoner and long-time ruling party leader. He is one of the founding members of the Swapo Party Youth League and was one of the most active internal leading members of the party during the liberation struggle.