No more factionalism in SPYL: Amupanda

WINDHOEK: The Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) Central Committee has admitted that there is a tendency of factionalism within the wing, and says members have resolved to oppose it.

This was one of the resolutions taken during the SPYL’s Central Committee meeting that took place in Windhoek on Saturday and Sunday.

Briefing the media on Monday, SPYL spokesperson Job Amupanda said the Central Committee “notes with regret the current state of affairs of factionalism and organisational paralysis.”

He said during the 24 hour-long meeting, members resolved that factionalism has both internal and external dynamics.

“We, therefore, stood firm and opposed to factionalism and made an attempt to quarantine such through frank discussions between members to resolve real and perceived factional tendencies and organisational paralysis,” he said.

Amupanda also indicated that the Central Committee called for more work to be done to intensify “unity of purpose” through action and constant engagement.

“In a final analysis, the Central Committee members appreciated the good spirit in which this matter was addressed at the meeting,” he said.

Meanwhile, SPYL Central Committee member Sydney !Ganeb said factionalism is a thing of the past as now the wing is concentrating on campaigning for the party and its presidential candidate Dr Hage Geingob to overwhelmingly win the upcoming elections.

“We have reached a level of maturity. We have come of age and dealt with the factionalism in a mature manner. There are no teams left, what is left is unity of purpose,” he reiterated.

!Ganeb was elected as one of the members to attend the party’s Electoral College.

During the meeting, the SPYL elected its six representatives to the party’s Electoral College next month.

They are Lucia Iipumbu, Sydney !Ganeb, Paula Kooper, Josua Matati, Heather Sibungo and Muesee Kazapua.

The Electoral College, set for the second week in August this year, will for the first time since independence in 1990, elect 72 candidates for the National Assembly (NA) by using the zebra style, which aims to ensure 50/50 gender representation.