Prominent Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) activist and businessman, Epafras Pendapala Nangolo, has fervently dismissed reports that he is about to re-join the Swapo Party.
“Tell them that what has chased me out of Swapo is still there. I will never re-join Swapo. I know many people in Swapo are promised money that if they convince me to return to its rank and file, they will be paid a lot of money. As a result, they are now falling over one another trying to lure me back to Swapo.This will never happen, instead, they should stop stealing public properties,” he told Informanté.
Nangolo, also known as Guava Centre, noted that he is still a full member of the opposition party, a member of the central committee and parliamentary candidate.
The 36-year old businessman was recently in the news following the discovery of stolen building materials worth N$80 000 at his premises at Ongwediva, Eenhana and Ondangwa. He was released upon posting bail of N$5 000. Nangolo told Informanté that many Swapo members are under the false impression that he was quitting his party since he started renovating the RDP office at his premises in Ongwediva and painted over the RDP colours.
“I deleted the RDP colours from the building as part of the renovation process and as soon as I get enough funds, I will put them back,” he insisted.
In a related incident, the headman of Onheleiwa yaShimhanda near Ongwediva and former principal of Omashekediva Primary School, Silas Shidolo Ndakolonghoshi, re-joined Swapo at a ceremony held at Oidiva yaShiteni village over the weekend. The ceremony was presided over by the Governor of Oshana Region, Clemens Kashuupulwa, who told the gathering that Swapo does not promise people any material benefits to become members.
Kashuupulwa presided over the ceremony as the Swapo Central Committee member assigned to Oshana Region. He explained that the veterans’ affairs are governed by the law and has a board of trustees, which deals with individual applications without any involvement of political parties.
Delivering his comeback speech, Ndakolonghoshi told the gathering that since he joined RDP many people including former close friends started hating him. Some of them were not talking to him, not even greeting him, while others accused him of being a witch (omindaba), he claimed.
The former teacher denied rumours that he decided to re-join Swapo because of material benefits, as a former liberation struggle veteran.
“Jeremia Nambinga, the RDP spokesperson has spread this information without consulting me and I am not re-joining Swapo because of material benefits. I believe that any person in a free and democratic Namibia has the right to join and leave any party without fear of victimisation and that is what I am doing now.”
Ndahambelela Shipindo from Eefa Doukadona also discarded her former party, the DTA and re-joined Swapo at the same occasion. Others in attendance were the Swapo Regional Coordinator for Oshana Region, Erastus Kapolo, Swapo District Coordinator in Ongwediva, Patricia Kashuupulwa, sub-senior headman of Efidi lomulunga, Simon Kaupa Mwatotele, Swapo party leaders, members and villagers.