Namibia’s ruling party names Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah as sole candidate for presidential elections
Namibia’s President Hage Geingob has named Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah as the sole candidate for the ruling Swapo party in next year’s elections.
The nomination came Saturday as the country’s leader was addressing the party’s top organ. President Geingob called on party members to Nandi-Ndaitwah when official campaigns begin next year.
“Elections took place, we have the results that we are going to have one candidate only, that will be comrade Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and we will campaign and we have a person who will lead us,” he said. He also called on Swapo members not to create factions from the outcome of the party nominations.
Namibia will hold presidential elections next year as President Geingob is expected not to run for another term after leading the Southern African country since 2015. The ruling party is the largest and most popular party in the country which gives changes to Nandi-Ndaitwah to win next year’s elections.
She is the party’s vice-president and the country’s current deputy Prime minister.
Swapo, though in power since independence, has however seen its popularity waned recently because of discontent over rampant unemployment and corruption linked to senior party officials.
The party lost its two-thirds majority in parliament in the last general election in 2019. It also lost control of key municipalities, including the capital Windhoek, the port towns of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, and several regional councils.