WITH less than a week to go before the much-anticipated elective congress of Swapo in Windhoek, vice presidential candidates have accelerated their quest to glory, and one of them was Jerry Ekandjo.
Ekandjo left the party’s last Central Committee meeting on Saturday to attend a rally organised by the Swapo PartyYouth League at the Katutura Sport Complex in the capital.
During his address, the radical Ekandjo told the audience that he believes in continuity but he will lean on improving unity, rural empowerment, access to quality education, healthcare and redistribution of land and wealth of resources.
Unlike other leaders who emphasise on the need for more doctors and scientists, the vice presidential candidate also focused on fashion designers, artists, agriculturalists and young entrepreneurs.
The pavilion was packed with young people, elders, business people such as business tycoon Sidney Martin and politicians who backed the current Swapo secretary for information for the top seat.
Ekandjo was later joined by fellow camp members – secretary general candidate Utoni Nujoma and Richard Kamwi.
Abraham Iyambo, who was nominated by the youth league for the position of deputy secretary general, was absent.
After his speech, Ekandjo sang liberation songs.
Meanwhile, the Ekandjo campaign has been working on how they can influence delegates through a campaign strategic plan.
Some of the minds behind Ekandjo’s campaign are Eliphas Hawala, the managing director at Epangelo Mining Company, Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) chief of news and programming Audrin Mathe, Khomas chief regional officer Ben Mulongeni and Swapo Party Youth League deputy secretary Veikko Nekundi.
The plan, which The Namibian has seen, states that they aim to sensitise delegates about the need and reason for preference of Ekandjo and his leadership style.
His campaign theme is “peace and unity for national development”.
The campaigners met various regional and district structures in the country and according to the plan, a bank account was set up to cater for cost involved in the campaign.
The plan also stipulates ground rules on campaigning. “All supporters and sympathisers, wether in or outside of the leadership, must be restrained to a comradely, cordial and friendly campaign and presentation of the candidate,” reads the plan.
“Criticism and belittling of other contesting candidates cannot be entertained. The motto driving the candidature is inclusiveness of all members of the society and to guard against victimisation, marginalisation, favouritism based on loyalty to individuals, nepotism, corruption and other voices of destruction”.
Ekandjo, the current Swapo party vice president, Hage Geingob, and party secretary general Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana are vying for the vice presidency position this week.