WINDHOEK- Incumbent Namibia ruling party vice president Hage Geingob, this morning retained his position at the Swapo party elective congress beating arch-rival Jerry Ekandjo by a whooping 92 votes, a victory which makes him elligible to stand as Namibia's next President in 2014, when Hifikepunye Pohamba steps down.
Geingob, Namibia's first Prime Minister and current Trade Minister amassed 312 votes from the delegates who gathered here over the past three days, while Ekandjo got 220 with secretary general Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana only managining 64 votes for the position of party vice president.
His running mate in the inner-party campaign, Nangolo Mbumba won the position of Secretary General beating Uutoni Nujoma, son of the Founding President of Namibia, Dr. Sam Nujoma 352 for 244. Mbumba is the current Minister of Safety and Security but will be forced to relinquish his position to take up the new full-time in the party. Nujoma had campaigned under the Ekandjo ticket.
Another Ekandjo running mate for the position of Deputy Secretary General, Dr. Abraham Iyambo also lost but closely to Laura McLoud, 289 votes for 300.
Full story and analysis in the print edition of The Villager tomorrow.