Swapo party Secretary General (SG) Nangolo Mbumba has quashed speculation that the party is preparing for an extraordinary congress to elect Hage Geingob as official party president. In an interview on Thursday, Mbumba stressed that following President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s decision to step down and the subsequent appointment of Geingob to succeed him, Geingob now occupied the position of fully-fledged Swapo party president.
Swapo party President Hifikepunye Pohamba has continued to show confidence in President Hage Geingob. His apparent decision to step down as Swapo party president appears to confirm this, and is clear evidence of the consistency he has shown from the point he selected Geingob as his successor in 2012.
TransNamib management has entered into an agreement with a shelf company to lease ten locomotives without complying with the company’s purchasing policy. Documents in the Windhoek Observer’s possession show that management at the railway parastatal approached the company’s board on 09 March 2015 seeking a mandate to initiate negotiations with several suppliers for a full maintenance lease of locomotives after receiving unsolicited proposals from four companies.
Appointment of Governors
Article 1(1) of the Namibian Constitution establishes this dear Republic of ours as a sovereign, secular, democratic and unitary State, with the President of the Republic as Head of State, and the executive powers of the State vest with the President and Cabinet.
Recent political appointments and shifts within Swapo party Government structures have created a vacuum in various regions that currently function without a Governor. Speculation was rife this week that President Hage Geingob was preparing to announce his appointments of Governors early next week.
Tuesday this week marked the end of the 180 days management and the board of directors at TransNamib gave themselves to implement their turnaround strategy. The strategy now appears to have come apart at the seams as it is riddled with controversy. The railway parastatal has tried to paint a rosy picture of its attempts to salvage the company from bankruptcy.
Analysts have welcomed the 2015/16 national budget that was tabled in parliament on Tuesday by the new finance minister Calle Schlettwein. “Generally speaking, at first glance it looks like a very reasonable budget,” IJG Securities’s chief research analyst Rowland Brown said this week.
Founding President Sam Nujoma has condemned the illegal land grabbing threats by Affirmative Repositioning members saying that their actions are meant to destabilize the newly appointed government. Nujoma expressed his disgust in a statement released on Thursday.