It’s now confirmed that Hage Geingob, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and Jerry Ekandjo will tussle each other for the Swapo Party vice presidency.
The Swapo Party Central Committee which sat on Saturday last week in Windhoek also confirmed candidates for the secretary general and the deputy secretary general’s position.
Former Swapo Party Member of Parliament and Tsumeb regional councillor, Nico Kaiyamo’s suspension was uplifted during Friday’s meeting.
While Geingob and Iivula-Ithana were nominated at the Party’s Politburo last month, Ekandjo’s nomination was made by the Swapo Party Youth League secretary general, Elijah Ngurare who was seconded by Henock Ya Kasita and Petrina Haingura.
For the secretary general’s position, Nangolo Mbumba will face off with Uutoni Nujoma while Laura McLeod-Katjirua has Abraham Iyambo to contend with for the deputy secretary general’s post.
Mbumba was nominated during the politburo while Uutoni nominated Iyambo and was seconded by Ya Kasita and Haingura.
Netumbo Nandi Ndeitwah who had also been nominated for the deputy secretary general’s position withdrew citing preserving party unity.
Meanwhile, Kaiyamo, who is on record saying that he supports Geingob’s nomination, was suspended in April 2010 on allegations of forming the Tsumeb ratepayers’association that was said to be a challenge to the Swapo-dominated town council.