Swapo membership cards found hidden

OKAHANDJA: Unspecified Swapo Party Membership cards were allegedly discovered in the office of the Swapo Party District Coordinator Martin Bernhard at Okahandja before the restructuring of Party structures meeting kicked off in that town.

The restructuring process from party’s sections to branches started on Thursday. One of the requirements of the those members who have to attend the elective meeting have to be in position of paid-up members cards. Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Tjekero Tweya who was one of the national leaders assigned to the region the said that it is suspected that the membership cards were withdrawn from members with a pretext to be sent to Windhoek so that the owners get new ones.

“But those cards were never returned to the rightful owners and those who do not get their cards supposed not to take part in the restructuring meetings,” he said who speaking at the restructuring of Party structures meeting.
An named source told Nampa that about 500 cards were discovered in the office, but that figure could not independently be verified.

Tweya said the cards were kept in somebody’s office, somebody wanted to hide them to prevent some members not to take part in the elective meeting. “This type of behaviour is not tolerated in our party,” he said, adding: “Is that the type of a leader we want to keep.”

“Dont allow yourself to be fooled by those who are not willing to build the party. Those who do not want to build the party exclude themselves, but please don’t blame anyone afterwards,” he stated.
The membership cards were discovered in that office by Acting Regional Coordinator of the Otjozondjupa region, Susan Kahikopo.

District Coordinator Bernhard did not turn up in the meeting. Tweya then called those who are in the hall and have their cards withdrawn to contact the national leaders team and get their cards back.
The assigned members present included, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Finance Calle Schelltwein, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Nico Kaiyamo and Swapo Party Member of Parliament Moses Amweelo.

(edited) OKAHANDJA An unspecified number of Swapo-Party membership cards were allegedly discovered in the office of the party’s district coordinator, Martin Bernhard, before a party restructuring meeting kicked off here on Thursday. The meeting aimed to elect the party’s leaders for the Okahandja District in view of the party’s national congress slated for end of November this year.

One of the requirements to attend any elective Swapo meeting is to be in possession of a paid-up membership card. Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Tjekero Tweya, who is one of the national leaders assigned to the region, said during the meeting that it is suspected that the membership cards were withdrawn from the owners on the pretext to be sent to Windhoek, so that the owners can be issued with new ones.

“But after being returned from Windhoek, those cards were never returned to the rightful owners, and those who did not get their cards are not supposed to take part in the restructuring meetings,” he said.
The membership cards were discovered hidden by acting Swapo Regional Coordinator of the Otjozondjupa Region, Susan Kahikopo.

A source who attended the meeting, told Nampa that it is about 500 cards that were discovered in Bernhard’s office. However, that figure could not independently be verified. “The cards were kept in somebody’s office, somebody wanted to hide them to prevent some members not to take part in the elective meeting.

This type of behaviour is not tolerated in our party,” said Tweya, asking participants if that is the type of leader they want to keep. He then urged them not to be fooled by those who are not willing to build the party, saying “those who do not want to build the party, exclude yourselves, but please don’t blame anyone afterwards”.

Tweya then called those who are at the meeting and who had their cards withdrawn, to contact the national leaders and get their cards back. Apart from Tweya the other national leaders assigned to the Otjozondjupa Region Swapo Chief Whip Peter Katjavivi, Deputy Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Nico Kaiyamo and Swapo-Party Member of Parliament Moses Amweelo, and they were all present at the meeting on Thursday and Friday at the Epandulo Hall.
Meanwhile, Bernhard did not turn up for the meeting, and could not be traced by Nampa for comment by Saturday afternoon.

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