DEFENCE and veterans minister Frans Kapofi has withdrawn from the race to be the Swapo candidate for the 2024 presidential election, which would have put him in pole position to succeed Hage Geingob as head of state.
There are now three remaining candidates in the race for the Swapo vice presidency – environment minister Pohamba Shifeta, deputy prime minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and prime minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.
Kapofi quitting potentially favours Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.
The Swapo vice president elected at the party’s upcoming congress automatically becomes its candidate for the 2024 presidential election.
“I can confirm that I quit,” Kapofi told The Namibian on Wednesday.