THE new Swapo party top brass appear confused and in complete denial following the insults hurled at them by Deputy Minister of Defence Petrus Ilonga at a party rally in the north last Saturday. Ilonga reportedly expressed his deep dissatisfaction over the outcome of Electoral College and said that Swapo had lost its focus and untrustworthy people now dominated the party.
THE Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (Nipam) will have to undergo a complete overhaul due to the recruitment of under-qualified managers and trainers sanctioned by then Acting Executive Director Elsie Nghikembua in 2012. Some of these managers and trainers allegedly lack the relevant experience in their fields.
PRESIDENT Hifikepunye Pohamba has once more re-iterated government’s position on the issue of the ‘struggle kids’, stating that they will not receive special treatment following the fatal shooting of Frieda Ndatipo last Wednesday. Addressing top party officials at a closed-door session at the Swapo party Electoral College in the capital last week, Pohamba made the position of the party very clear.
Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) Regional Secretary for Khomas Region Emmanuel Paulus allegedly attempted to bribe the ‘struggle kids’ by presenting them with an envelope stuffed with cash, after the shooting incident outside the Swapo headquarters on Wednesday Paulus arrived at the scene, called one of the ‘struggle kids’ and then presented him with a brown envelope, allegedly containing an unspecified amount of money. The ‘struggle kids’ reportedly felt insulted by the attempt to buy them off and felt it demeaned what they were trying to achieve with the demonstration and a life lost in the protest.
Windhoek is abuzz as Swapo party members from all the 14 regions have streamed into the capital for the party’s much-anticipated electoral college that will take place at the Safari Hotel from Friday. As many as 204 delegates will attend the electoral college, the majority of whom come from the regions, numbering 98. Sixty-six (66) consist of current members of the national assembly, six from the Elders Council, six from the youth wing, ten from Women’s Council and six from the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW).
THE Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) this week reiterated that they had no affiliation to Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) with whom they share a striking resemblance. Members of the party came to their press conference on Thursday this week clad from head to toe in red overalls and berets with their party crest of a fist on the African continent emblazoned on their attire, much like South Africa’s EFF.
The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) disregarded a recommendation by the Law Reform and Development Commission (LRDC) on the use of a paper trail when making use of electronic voting machines (EVMs). The decision to disregard the commission’s recommendation is contrary to a provision in the Electoral Bill that Government tabled in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
THE Chairperson of the Law Reform Development Commission Sacky Shanghala has received death threats following the tabling of the Third Constitutional Amendment Bill in parliament two weeks ago. In an interview on Tuesday, a rather jovial Shanghala said he had received threatening messages via SMS, email and over the phone since last week. “Yes I have received six death threats in total, of which five of them came last week and one call came this week.
Prime Minister Hage Geingob seemed to have finally managed to bring the Constitutional Amendments Bill back on track on Wednesday afternoon after initially facing fierce resistance in the National Assembly. This week the Prime Minister and members of the ruling Swapo party had to out-manoeuvre numerous attempts, not only to derail the passing of the draft Bill, but also to disrupt parliamentary discussions.
Simmering tensions between the Minister of Education David Namwandi and the Rector of the Polytechnic of Namibia Tjama Tjivikua have reached boiling point with Tjivikua claiming the minister is doing the bare minimum to assist the Polytechnic’s transition process. Tjivikua believes the education minister is deliberately sabotaging the sourcing of funding from the finance minister, while in turn Namwandi says he has done everything in his power to assist.