Swapo in wrong hands – Ekandjo

Veteran Swapo member Jerry Ekandjo has launched an attack on the party’s leadership, accusing it of engaging in intimidation, self-serving practices, and a lack of transparency in the past nine years.

In a press statement on Friday, Ekandjo said unity within Swapo has been compromised since 2015 and morale among party members has declined.

“A leadership vacuum has been the order of the day, with the spirit of a power struggle within the Swapo party filling the leadership space.”

He listed a series of issues plaguing the party, including a leadership crisis, tribalism, and regionalism.

Ekandjo pointed to the Fishrot corruption scandal as a major blow to the party, along with “decisions made through established factionalism and slate politics” which have severely weakened Swapo.

He further accused the party’s central committee, of which he is a member, of committing “a suicidal act” by postponing the party’s extraordinary congress until next April.

Ekandjo also accused the central committee of showing “audacity, capacity for disrespect, and undermining the party constitution” in its decision to postpone the congress.

Swapo secretary general Sophia Shaningwa and the party’s information officer, Hilma Nikanor, did not respond to questions sent to them on Friday regarding Ekandjo’s comments.

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