SWAPO Party Secretary-General, Sophia Shaningwa, lashed out at members who are challenging 2017 party congress result in court, accusing them of causing the party to lose millions of dollars in legal costs.
Speaking at Oshakati during the official launch of the party election campaign for the Oshakati East constituency by-election on Saturday, Shaningwa said Swapo has so far lost about N$8 million in defending the specific case in court.
She condemned all those entertaining the idea of challenging the results of the congress in court, whilst accusing certain individuals of being against President Hage Geingob.
Shaningwa alleged that it is a group of Oshiwambo-speaking individuals refusing to accept Geingob as the president of the country, because he is not from the Aawambo tribes.
She demanded to know why Swapo congress results were never challenged in court during the reign of the Founding President Sam Nujoma and that of former President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
“You are not fair, I want you to go and drop your tribal-motivated court case forthwith. We will fight you and you will not get it right,” Shaningwa added while lashing out and describing such court challenge as a coup d’état.
She told those present that some of the individuals, who have filed a court case against Swapo, were also among the audience of Saturday meeting.
According to her, the money Swapo spent on the court case could have been better utilised in constructing party district offices or buying drought relief food for needy Namibians.
Mirjam Shituula, Selma Namboga, Nambata Angula and Seth Boois dragged Swapo to court arguing that the leadership of the party has ignored several irregularities committed prior the congress. The court challenge is still pending.