STATE House last night hosted a dinner where selected businessmen pledged money towards the organisation of Swapo’s congress at the end of this month.
Well-placed sources said the dinner was hosted by the top four in Swapo – President Hifikepunye Pohamba, Swapo vice president Hage Geingob, party secretary general Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and deputy secretary general Nangolo Mbumba.
Among those expected to attend was Knowledge Katti, Desmond Amunyela, former Member of Parliament Leon Jooste, former Nedbank head Martin Shipanga and Tshombe Ndadi, who in earlier years ran the printing company NamPrint and then started his own company, ADS Publications. He now owns Financial Services, a micro-lender offering loans as bridging capital to small and medium enterprises that have won government tenders for goods and services.
The exclusivity of the dinner raised eyebrows among Swapo members yesterday.
Albert Kawana, Minister of Presidential Affairs, said he was not aware of the dinner since he had just returned from a foreign trip.
He referred The Namibian to Rosalia Nghidinwa, one of the people on the congress fundraising committee. However, she was also not aware of last night’s dinner at State House.
She said the party would host a dinner in Swakopmund on Saturday and another in the Karas Region next Thursday.
Two weeks ago Swapo’s national preparatory committee for the upcoming congress raised N$2,6 million during a dinner in the North.
That dinner was attended by President Pohamba, Geingob, Iivula-Ithana and Mbumba.