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I have no hard feelings- Kazenambo on congress loss

by Staff Writer

Outspoken politician and businessman, Kazenambo Kazenambo, has exclusively stated that he harbors no strong feelings against Team Hage after the loss of his camp in the recent highly contested Swapo Congress.

Kazenambo said he was instead ready to work with the newly elected leadership and pay his respects to the president in spite of differences and personal attacks that characterized the run up to the congress.

After suffering a loss which saw the president’s team getting a landslide victory, Kazenambo’s camp has also been elbowed out of the party’s politburo.

This has raised questions over the camp’s political future, but the fire-brand politician has hit back, saying that he was not born in the central committee or the politburo and that he was still young enough to hang on in politics.

He said those who have taken the reins of the party are way older than him, suggesting that they will exit active politics before his time comes.

“I will work with the current leadership. I am issue driven and if I feel that the current leadership does not follow party principles then of course I will differ with them.”

“I care less and I do not need any favours from anybody. I have no hard feelings. These comrades are working for us. We will see if they will do good at the job. Let’s give them a chance and see,” he said.

He reasoned that the leadership has five more years to execute its mandate and being critical of them when it has not yet finished a month would not make sense.

Commenting on whether the clarion call for unity will indeed be hided as the party braces for 2019 elective polls, Kazenambo attacked this publication for undermining that unity.

“It takes two to tango. Geingob has been preaching of unity. There is no unity because your paper has already started to insult us. Your paper is undermining Swapo’s victory because from day one, you have insulted us,” he claimed.

He added, “I have differed with Geingob on issues. I differed with him on the genocide issue and not on girlfriends. You people have won but let’s be united and build this country together because we have a long way to go. But if you want us to fight then we can fight and no one will win,” he said.

Former prime minister Nahas Angula who came out of retirement to challenge the president has also found himself in the political wilderness, raising questions if he will ever make another come back.

Attempts to reach him for a comment proved futile as he re-directed a call made to him by this publication.

The future of Jerry Ekandjo’s ministerial post also remains a subject of mere speculation while anticipation is growing that the president may consider a cabinet re-shuffle.

This has also been reinforced by Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) Director, Graham Hopwood, who this week, speaking on the role of access to information in combating corruption, said the president may have the need to have ministers declare asserts as part of an imminent cabinet re-shuffle.

Ekandjo’s phone also went unanswered.

His tenure as minister and that of home affairs minister, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, end in 2019, and possibilities of them retaining their positions are subject to speculation.

Newly elected secretary general, Sophia Shaningwa, said she was not in a position to discuss about “other people” and could neither deny nor accept that these political hardliners still had a high place within the party.

“My brother those type of questions are very difficult. You know I am a person who has learnt through processes not to discuss about other people. I did not discuss with them, I never saw them again, it’s very very difficult for me to start talking about other persons,” she said.