THE new Interim Committee (IC) for the embattled Athletics Namibia (AN) has given former President Alpha Kangueehi until tomorrow to submit documents from his previous administration, but Informanté understands that the IC will itself receive summons to the High Court tomorrow with Alpha Kangueehi as the complainant.
Donovan Zealand, Abner Xoagub and Agnes Samaria are three new members of the IC who will facilitate the AN elections set for February 28. The IC asked Kangueehi to submit documents which contain minutes from last year’s ill-fated November 28 election, the financial status of the athletics body, and other administrative information.
“We had requested them to be with us on Monday but we did not get them. We now want those documents by Friday so that we can assess how the next election will be held,” said Zealand, flanked by Sports Commission chief whip, Roster Mogane.
IC wants the minutes to determine whether fresh nominees should be sought or whether the two candidates will have to contest again. Mogane said the last time he requested a meeting with Kangueehi, the former President did not show up.
But Kangueehi labelled Mogane “a liar” and said that there are individuals within the Sports Ministry who are staging a boardroom Coup on his Presidential bid.
“I was at Mogane’s office on Friday at 14h00 and he was not there, now he tells the media that I did not turn up. I have the minutes of the November 28 elections but I will not hand them over until the High Court decides whether the IC is constitutional or not,” said Kangueehi.
Both Presidential hopefuls, Frank Fredericks and Kangueehi emerged with the same number of votes, and the body was left without a leader until December 20, when the Interim Committee was appointed.
Kangueehi says the IC is unconstitutional as it does not even exist in either the Sports Act or the AN constitution. “How did they appoint the IC without minutes from the previous administration? I was never informed of any decision. Everything is being done in Frankie’s favour, but they won’t win. Let’s wait for the court,” he said.
Informanté has established that on November 28, after the election stalemate, Fredericks proposed an IC to be formed on December 28, but this was rejected by the house. The Oshana region in turn proposed that the Kangueehi executive be given powers until another election meeting on 28 February 2009, and the house agreed.
The Kangueehi faction is now challenging the appointment of the IC saying it was not instituted as agreed by the House, as the minutes—which the new IC says it is expecting by Friday—also state that Kangueehi should have been in charge until February 28, a period in which regions would seek a legal opinion on vote casting as well as an amendment of the constitution.
Speaking to the media oblivious of the High Court summons, Mogane said the Sports Commission “will not shy away from any legal action” should Kangueehi take that action.