Two rivals to the presidency are summarily demoted.President Hage Geingob has sacked two senior government ministers who challenged him during the ruling party's last leadership contest, his office announced on February 1st.He dismissed Minister of Home Affairs Pendukeni Iivula‐Ithana and Youth Affairs Minister Jerry Ekandjo, both of whom have served in government since Namibia's independence in 1990.“These terminations of service are with immediate effect,” the presidency said in a statement.Ekandjo ran against Geingob for the presidency of the ruling SWAPO party during the November party vote, with Iivula‐Ithana as his running mate. They lost the vote to the president's camp.In the runup to the elective congress, Ekandjo had angered the president with the remarks that the “current SWAPO leadership is weak, that is why the government is weak”.Geingob has since the congress cemented his control in the party, where his close allies also won three top positions. (© AFP 1/2 2018; New Era website 2/2)In a later move, President Geingob relieved Nickey Iyambo from his duties as Vice President due to medical reasons and also reshuffled his executive team.The changes were as follows:MinistersPresidential Affairs: Immanuel NgatjizekoHome Affairs and Immigration: Frans KapofiMines and Energy: Tom AlweendoAgriculture, Water and Forestry: Alpheus !NarusebAttorney‐General: Albert KawanaJustice: Sackeus ShanghalaWorks and Transport: John MutorwaIndustrialisation, Trade and SME Development: Tjekero TweyaDirector General of the National Planning Commission and Minister of Economic Planning: Obeth KandjozeInformation and Communication Technology: Stanley SimataaUrban and Rural Development: Peya MushelengaSport, Youth and National Service: Erastus Utoni(The Namibian 8/2)New Political Party: A new political party originating in the Erongo region, named the Socio‐Economic Liberation of the Masses (Selma), will be launched on Namibia's Independence Day on March 21st.Selma, an ambitious new political entity, undertakes to hold the government accountable for post‐colonial economic system failures.Speaking to New Era on February 15th, party founder Theofelus Moongela, 43, said they had so far registered 3,000 members across five regions and were currently lobbying to get more from at least two more regions as per the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) requirements. (New Era 16/2)
Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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