The Namibian (Windhoek)

20 February 2013

Namibia: Swapo Extraordinary Congress Set for June

SWAPO secretary general Nangolo Mbumba has announced that the party's Politburo has recommended to the Central Committee that this year's extraordinary congress be held from June 21 to 23.

The congress is aimed at discussing proposed amendments to the party's constitution.

Mbumba on Tuesday revealed the decision by the party's highest decision-making body that met the same day.

The resolution to hold the congress will be seen as good news for women empowerment, specifically the amendments to the party constitution.

In terms of the amendments, two of the top four positions of the ruling party, being the party president, vice president, secretary general and deputy secretary general, should be occupied by women and the composition of all Swapo structures must comply with 50/50 representation.

This includes that 33 of the 66 Central Committee members should be women and that three of the six presidential appointees to the CC should be women.

The party will also introduce an election system for its National Assembly candidate list whereby female and male candidates are elected separately and the list is then finalised by using the 'zebra style'.

The party constitution will also be amended to make provision for Swapo local councillors to be ex-officio members of the party's district executive committees and also to accord regional governors ex-officio membership of the regional executive committees.

Mbumba also announced the national leaders who were assigned to regions.

Agriculture Minister John Mutorwa will be responsible for Caprivi Region, Ben Amadhila for the Erongo Region, Fisheries Minister Bernard Esau to Hardap and Home Affairs Minister Pendukeni Ithana will head the leadership in Karas.

Deputy Prime Minister Marco Hausiku is in charge in the Kavango Region, Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah in Khomas, Local Government Minister Charles Namoloh in Kunene North and Alpheus !Naruseb in Kunene South.

Works and Transport Minister Erkki Nghimtina is responsible for Ohangwena, Omusati will be under the leadership of Safety and Security Minister Immanuel Ngatjizeko and Omusati will be headed by Presidential Affairs Minister Albert Kawana.

Finance Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila was assigned to Oshana, Oshikoto went to Veterans' Affairs Minister Nickey Iyambo while Defence Minister Nahas Angula will be responsible for the Otjozondjupa Region.

One of the prominent absentees is Health Minister Richard Kamwi, who was responsible for the Otjozundjupa Region last year.

Youth and Sport Minister Jerry Ekandjo is another minister who was not assigned to a region.

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