SPYL Ordered to Leave School Premises

THE Omusati education directorate has ordered the Swapo Party Pioneers Movement (SPPM) to vacate Haudano Secondary School hostel in the Okalongo constituency after the RDP had complained on Friday.

Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) secretary Elijah Ngurare said SPYL was issued with a letter by the Omusati education directorate to remove the children (pioneers) from the school hostel. The apparent reason given was that school buildings should not be used for political activities.

“We must not fool ourselves, if we are a ruling party, why can Swapo not hold a meeting in a government structure? Then you are not genuine. We were heartbroken because we did not know where to send the children,” said Ngurare.

The children were, however, allowed to stay in the hostel after Omusati governor Sophia Shaningwa had intervened.

Ngurare said the SPPM had booked the school hostel for the three-day congress at an amount of about N$19 000.

He said that the conference was sponsored by Swapo businessmen Desmond Amunyela who donated an amount of N$50 000, and Armas Amukwiyu, who made N$25 000 available. Ohangwena governor Usko Nghaamwa and the Swapo party elders council secretary, Mukwaita Shanyengana, donated one head of cattle each.

Ngurare urged the Omusati education directorate to apologise or else action would be taken against the directorate.

The director of Omusati education directorate, Laban Shapange, said he was not aware of such allegations.

“I am not aware of anything and nothing was reported to my office,” said Shapange.

Efforts to get comment from the RDP Omusati regional secretary, Immanuel Shikongo, proved futile.

In a speech read on his behalf by the Swapo deputy secretary general, Laura McLeod – Katjirua, President Hifikepunye Pohamba congratulated the SPYL for successfully reactivating the SPPM as a component of the SPYL, saying that it demonstrates innovation and commitment to the party.

This is the first SPPM congress in a free and independent Namibia, after the last congress was held in 1983.

The SPPM was formed on 28 September 1980 at Kuanza – Sul in Angola. SPPM has been largely dormant and the decision to revive it has arisen from the need to ensure continuity.

Source : The Namibian