Comrades Say Nekundi Was in All Camps

THE alleged sidelining of Swapo Party Youth League deputy secretary Veikko Nekundi by members of the SPYL executive could be blamed on the mistrust they had for him.

Last weekend Nekundi told the party’s Central Committee meeting that he was being sidelined by his colleagues in the SPYL leadership and called for the party to discipline them.

He claimed that the reason for his isolation by his colleagues was his support for Swapo vice president and Prime Minister Hage Geingob in the run up to the party’s 2012 elective congress. The SPYL executive supported Jerry Ekandjo. The third candidate was former secretary-general Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana.

The Namibian on Monday received numerous calls from party members who said they were surprised by Nekundi’s call for his SPYL colleagues to be sanctioned and accused him of being a flip-flop who was also in the Ekandjo camp, while others said he had also pledged support for Iivula-Ithana.

Nekundi refused to comment on the allegations this week, only saying: “I belong to Swapo”.

At the CC meeting he allegedly claimed he was being kept in the dark about planned events and activities of the youth wing. The discussion started when some party leaders tabled a motion to have the youth league taken to task for alleged unsavoury behaviour.

Members who phoned supporting Nekundi, said he might have been involved in the Ekandjo campaign because he was bound by the SPYL’s decision to support the Minister of Youth as a party wing while in actual fact he individually supported Geingob. They could, however, not explain his link to the Iivula-Ithana camp.

SPYL sources said that another source of mistrust for Nekundi was that his comrades allegedly found out that he was part of last year’s move to oust Elijah Ngurare as SPYL secretary. The move would have seen Ngurare and the entire SPYL executive dismissed, except Nekundi who would then take over to the leadership of the youth wing in the interim.

When the plan failed, the SPYL leadership started isolating Nekundi amid claims of victimisation.

Last year, members of the youth league executive tabled a motion at a meeting at Tabitha Centre in windhoek on November 19 compelling all youth leaders to declare their personal and business interests and the motion was largely seen as an attack on Nekundi who is a known businessman.

The SPYL leadership refused to comment on the allegations last year, while Nekundi also said he did not recall such a motion being tabled at the said meeting.

Meanwhile Kazenambo Kazenambo says he did not tell the CC meeting that Nekundi and Ngurare were “rotten apples” who insult government but that his comments were directed at Ngurare.

Source : The Namibian