Khomas region divided over Geingob endorsement

18 August 2017 Author   Sonja Smith
Some members of the SWAPO Khomas Regional Executive Committee have revealed to the Windhoek Observer that the decision by the region to publicly endorse President Hage Geingob as the party president was not a unanimous decision.
At a meeting held three weeks ago, where Friday’s endorsement was discussed, sources say members suggested that the issue be subjected to an electoral process, a suggestion shot down by some members of the regional executive.
Members further argued that the endorsement of Geingob was unprocedural as he was acting president of the ruling party and not its substantive leader, thus the endorsement could only be for the position he holds substantively.
The grouping which spoke on condition of anonymity, further argued that Geingob first needed to be nominated as the presidential candidate before he is endorsed.
Insiders in the region say the members who had argued against the declaration had been threatened by the party hierarchy.
The SWAPO Khomas regional executive members further revealed that they were put under pressure to make the declaration.
Sources in the ruling party say it is not clear why Geingob has suddenly been pressuring structures to endorse him.

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