The Windhoek Observer News Editor, Nyasha Francis Nyaungwa (NN), recently sat down with the SWAPO Party Executive Director, Austin Samupwa (AS), to find out what he has been up to since his appointment in March last year. Samupwa spoke at length about his mandate and how he intends to modernise the ruling party and instil a culture of discipline. Below is an excerpt from that interview:
SWAPO Executive Director, Austin Samupwa, has leapt to the defence of his boss, under siege party Secretary General, Sophia Shaaningwa, who has been accused of arrogant behaviour and dictatorial tendencies by some party faithful, particularly councillors in Okahandja and Rundu.
President Hage Geingob has moved to placate communities that lost their ancestral land during colonisation by appointing a 15-member Commission of Inquiry into Claims of Ancestral Land Rights and Restitution on land.
The country’s biggest English daily, The Namibian, has been rocked by the resignation of senior staff members, including the newspaper’s number two in command, Managing Editor Christof Maletsky and News Editor Wonder Guchu allegedly because of clashes on how the newspaper should be run.
A legal advisor in the Attorney General’s Office, Dolly Muatjetjeja, is embroiled in a dispute with former Sport, Youth and National Service Minister, Kazenambo Kazenambo, after she allegedly expropriated a 5.8 hectare (ha) property located in the Kaapsfarm area 17km east of Windhoek.
Fisheries Minister, Bernard Esau, has rubbished reports that the process to evaluate more than 5000 fishing quota applications has been compromised amid claims that politically connected individuals are being given access to documents to perfect their applications.
The Namibian Correctional Services (NCS) is skating on thin ice as the government department tasked with rehabilitating offenders, including some of the country’s hardened criminals, struggles under the weight of massive medical personnel resignations due to low pay.
Speaking during the opening of the Ninth Session of the Sixth Parliament on Wednesday, President Hage Geingob tasked lawmakers with several legislative goals to make Namibian law better serve the needs of the people.