Congress recount will give assurance – Angula

16 February 2018 Author   Sonja Smith  
An executive member of the SWAPO Party Windhoek East district and daughter to losing presidential candidate Nahas Angula, Nambata Angula, has asked for an independent audit of the results of the ruling party’s November elective congress,
arguing that this will give assurance that the principles of the party were followed during the congress.
Angula forms part of a team of four, that has written a letter to SWAPO Secretary General, Sophia Shaningwa, asking for an independent audit into the outcome of the party’s sixth elective congress held last year.
The team requesting the action consists of Mirjam Shituula, Selma Nambago, Seth Boois and Angula who said that Rule 79 – 81 of the party constitution allows them to request an audit into the process followed.
“We are simply seeking assurance that the party’s governing principles were followed as there were many reports of irregularities prior to, during, and after the elective congress which raised concerns with us.
“Therefore there is nothing untoward about our request and we are still within the 90-day time limit for taking this action.
“We hope that the party leadership will be amenable to our reasonable request as it will also reflect the just nature of our party.
“The Swapo Party Congress ended on 26 November 2017. However the party is governed by a Constitution and Rules. And in line with the rules, particularly Rule 79 - 81, party members who participated in the congress may request an audit of the process followed no later than 90 days,” Angula told the Windhoek Observer.
Their request for an audit was written to Shaningwa on 12 February and was copied to former presidents Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba, President Hage Geingob and Team SWAPO leaders - Jerry Ekandjo, Nahas Angula, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, Petrina Haingura and Armas Amukwiyu. 
The team puts forth a case for various constitutional violations, the exclusion of some party members and the omission of district conferences, the handpicking of delegates, bribery and intimidation of delegates at the congress, as reasons for their audit request.
“It is against this background that it has become very necessary, and in fact, it has become a constitutional imperative to demand an independent audit of the Sixth SWAPO Party congress’s outcome,” the letter read.
They further accused Pohamba of abusing the platform he was given when he delivered his speech at the opening day of the congress.
They claim that Pohamba used that platform to campaign for Team Harambee while at the same time, rubbishing Team SWAPO.
“At the opening of the SWAPO congress, founding father Sam Nujoma and former President Pohamba made speeches. Both leaders spoke generally about problems in the SWAPO Party, but former President Pohamba went further.
“Records shall show that he abused the platform to campaign for Team Harambee and he disparaged Team SWAPO by equating it to SWAPO D during the liberation struggle, amongst other things he uttered so divisively and bordering on total disregard for the SWAPO constitution,” the letter further read
The team has asked for a response from Shaningwa by 26 February.


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