SPYL Under Fire – Again

ABOUT a year after narrowly escaping suspension by its mother body, Swapo Party Youth League is facing another survival battle after calls for them to be “dealt with” resurfaced at this weekend’s party central committee meeting.

Party sources said the topic on the youth league was tabled by Omusati Region Swapo coordinator Ericki Endjala who allegedly informed the committee about Facebook posts by some youth leaders.

The Namibian has learnt that Minister of Foreign Affairs Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah then supported Endjala stating that the youth league secretary Elijah Ngurare is the Julius Malema of Namibia and he should be dealt with as he might destroy the party if left unattended.

The sources could not, however, say why Nandi-Ndaitwah allegedly suggested that the SPYL leadership should be dealt with and what Ngurare had done or said to be likened to the South African Economic Freedom Fighters’ leader Malema.

When contacted yesterday, Nandi-Ndaitwah said she was not aware of a specific youth league leader being discussed.

“I have no idea of Ngurare being discussed. My dear, I want to tell you that discussions of the issues in the central committee that are to be communicated to Swapo supporters are only communicated by the secretary general Nangolo Mbumba, Netumbo has no such mandate,” she said.

Party sources also said SPYL deputy secretary Veikko Nekundi, who became a central committee member last year, then suggested that the youth wing’s national executive committee (NEC), which he is part of, should be dealt with because it did not respect him.

Nekundi, the sources further said, also complained that the youth wing’s NEC sidelines him because he supported the candidacy of party vice-president

Hage Geingob at the 2012 Swapo elective congress.

Nekundi allegedly told the central committee that he was not kept in the loop regarding the organisation of the 12 May Movement, which is an annual SPYL event that commemorates the Founding President Sam Nujoma’s birthday.

He allegedly also cited the fact that he was also kept in the dark regarding the organisation of a national pioneer’s congress by the youth wing.

Those close to Nekundi said that he has been given a cold shoulder by his colleagues in the youth wing because of his alleged ties to Geingob, one of the leaders who said the party should put events and factions leading up to the 2012 elective congress behind and move on as a united party.

Kazenambo Kazenambo, who has a history of clashing with the SPYL, allegedly described Nekundi and Ngurare as “rotten apples” who allegedly insult government.

“All these were said in Ngurare’s absence while he was addressing an independence anniversary in Karibib,” said a senior party source.

President Hifikepunye Pohamba reportedly told members to refrain from taking their internal party differences and disputes into the public and that they should stop feuding with fellow comrades.

The SPYL has also been accused by some central committee members of being sympathetic to the Aangandjera People United Party because some of the SPYL leaders such as Sioni Iikela allegedly dismissed its existence on social media network Facebook.

Another youth leader who received criticism from Nickey Iyambo was Karas governor Bernadus Swartbooi over his comments where he castigated the Chinese for bringing semi-skilled workers into the country instead of employing Namibians.

Swartbooi was quoted in the government-owned newspaper New Era castigating Chinese firms for bringing semi skilled workers into the country instead of employing Namibians.

“Is China a good or a bad friend? If good, why? China is importing labour, competing with our youth for wheelbarrow jobs,” Swartbooi was quoted in last week’s report.

Iyambo declined to confirm nor deny yesterday that he criticised Swartbooi. He, however, referred questions to Swapo secretary general Mbumba.

The Namibian understands that senior leaders among them Pohamba and Geingob referred the youth league issue to the office of the party secretary general for further action after some members had demanded that Ngurare and his executive be disbanded and an interim leadership appointed.

Ngurare told The Namibian yesterday that he had ‘sacrificed’ his “academic career to the service of the Swapo party” and the people.

“I could have opted to pursue well-paying jobs elsewhere. I stayed at party headquarters full-time. Swapo must win forever and that is my interest and should be our collective interest as leaders and members. We abide by whatever decisions the party comes up with at all times,” said Ngurare.

Last year Ngurare and his executive came close to being suspended after they were barred from attending the party’s extra-ordinary congress in Swakopmund.Those in the know pointed to the current discontent as a continuation of the pre-2012 congress stand-off between supporters of the three candidates who ran for the party vice presidency.

Source : The Namibian