Swapo exceeds 50-50 gender quota

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OTJINENE – Swapo Party vice-president Dr Hage Geingob announced on Saturday that more women than men in Swapo will vie for positions in the newly proclaimed Otjinene Village Council.

Geingob announced the names of the five candidates nominated for Otjinene of whom three are women and only two are men.

Gender activists across the political spectrum have been in unison rallying for more women to be elevated into political leadership positions.

In a landmark political manoeuvre the Swapo vice-president announced a sixty percent leadership representation of women while the two men represent forty percent of nominees.

The female nominees to contest for positions in the Otjinene Village Council under local authority elections are Betseba Kamuhenuna, Nono Tjiueza and Diana Kakwara while the two men are Assaria Tjingaete and Joshua Kahikuata.

Kakwara hails from the economically and politically marginalised San community.

The Swapo leadership nomination is likely to go a long way to level the political playing field for women in the male-dominated political sphere.

Tjiueza, one of the nominees, is a school principal who is the Swapo district mobilizer at Otjinene who says she has spent her entire youth serving Swapo. She pledged to “serve the Swapo Party to the best of my ability.”

Tjiueza who serves on the Regional Executive Committee and is a strong proponent of this concept said she “feels good” to be nominated.

Swapo will slug it out with Nudo and the DTA of Namibia at Otjinene, a settlement of 2000 voters that according to a Gobabis based journalist enjoys higher levels of political tolerance.

Addressing the rally on Saturday, Geingob appealed to voters at Otjinene to vote for Swapo Party candidates because they have the interests of the electorate at heart. 

He accused the minority parties of not telling the truth when they accuse the ruling Swapo Party of not having developed the country.

Geingob said the Swapo-led government has built schools, clinics, hospitals, roads and that in general people’s lives have changed in Namibia.

By Chrispin InambaoBetseba Nono

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