SPYL speak out after electoral college

Mayor of Usakos, Aksel Mwafenyango, says he is happy with the outcome of the Swapo electoral college.

In an interview with Nampa, he said for the first time in the party's history the SPYL send their own to the electoral college.

Even though we are not placed high up on the list; there are other youthful delegates who made it high on the list and have guaranteed a generational mix in line with the 40/60 representation which was our objective going into the electoral college.

Aksel who came in at 127 on the Swapo parliamentary list is one of 6 SPYL candidates who took part in the electoral college from the 6 to the 8 September.

The others are Hofni Ipinge who came in at 83, Iswarin Rooi (86), Julius Gaseb (125), Uveniko Negonga (140) and Shipola Shihepo (160).

Hofni Ipinge however feels the 6 candidates should have done better.

He said that at the previous electoral college in 2014 all SPYL candidates to the pot made it above the 96 parliamentary list threshold but this time only two made it, himself and Iswarin Rooi.

He blamed this on the elders who are not ready to give up their positions and make space for the youth!

He premised this assertion on the composition of the pot whereby all Swapo central committee members and current members of parliament are automatically candidates to the pot.

As a result, he says there is leeway for them to engage in block voting whereby they vote for themselves.

He says that could have been the case even though he cannot prove it since the elections took place via secret ballot.

Ipinge commended Marco Hausiku the Deputy Secretary General of Swapo for making himself unavailable for parliament and said if some of the elders of Hausiku's generation had done the same; the youth would have been placed higher up on the list as a result.

Ipinge said he was happy with the democratic process that took place but noted his displeasure at some elders contesting with the youth whom they are supposed to be grooming to take over.

How do you compete with someone you are supposed to be grooming, he asked rhetorically!

Source: Namibia Press Agency