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Vol 44 No 6

Published 21st March 2003


Namibia

Hamutenya in the blocks

Whether or not Nujoma is really going, the succession race has started

Many Namibians, including key members of the ruling South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) are sceptical about President Sam Nujoma's latest pledge - made at the closing session of the February Non Aligned Movement summit in Malaysia - that he will stand for a fourth five-year term. Yet the highly ambitious Foreign Affairs Minister, Hidipo Hamutenya, has taken it as the green light to move his own succession campaign into top gear. By far the most ruthless of Nujoma's successors, Hamutenya is using his strong support within SWAPO, the media it controls plus his backing from the Kwanyama, the largest sub-group of the majority Oshivambo, to race ahead of his rivals.

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