SPYL asked to publicly clarify its position

16 Jun 2013 08:00
WINDHOEK, 16 JUN (NAMPA) - The Swapo-Party Central Committee has instructed the leadership of the Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) to make a public statement to clarify its position in the wake of recent instances of vilification, personal attacks and other forms of 'unbecoming' behaviour among some members of the party.
The order follows Swapo?s Central Committee meeting here on Friday, which also discussed among others, the issue of unity and discipline among party members at all levels and within all organs of the party.
The party?s Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba told the media here on Saturday that the party?s Central Committee members have expressed grave concern over recent instances of vilification, personal attacks and other forms of 'unbecoming' behaviour being displayed by some members of the party through print and electronic media platforms and social networks.
?Some members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Swapo-Party Youth League were identified as the main culprits,? he stated, indicating that the Central Committee has instructed the leadership of the SPYL to make a public statement to clarify its position.
The Central Committee then called on all members of the party to promote unity and to uphold the highest degree of discipline at all time.
Swapo the appointed a committee chaired by the Speaker of Parliament, Theo-Ben Gurirab to look into the conduct of the youth league?s NEC.
Deputy Prime Minister Marcos Hausiku is the other member of the committee appointed on Monday last week during the party?s Politburo meeting in Windhoek.
The committee was to rap-up its investigation and submit the report on Friday at the Central Committee meeting.
Last week, a section of the SPYL led by former SPYL Secretary for Education Natangwe Iithete expressed disappointment over an opinion piece by a youth leader published in a local newspaper two weeks ago.
The piece titled ?Fake unity and comradeship becoming repulsive? was written by SPYL Secretary for Economic Affairs Immanuel Nashinge, and published in the Namibian Sun newspaper.
It centres around issues which emanated after the Fifth Swapo-Party Congress in November last year.
?It is obvious that we should admit there is no honesty, no love amongst comrades in Swapo, and that we must find a cure to this disease before it is too late,? Nashinge said in the letter.
The concerned group of SPYL members comprising Iithete; Mandela Kapere, who is a member of the SPYL Central Committee; Karas Regional Governor Bernardus Swartbooi; Sydney Ganeb, a SPYL Central Committee member; City of Windhoek deputy mayor Muese Kazapua; and Otjozondjupa SPYL Secretary-General Milo Ipinge, then wrote a strongly-worded letter to Mbumba in reaction to Nashinge?s comments.
Therein, the concerned SPYL members stated their dissatisfaction with the ?developing ill-discipline and unbecoming behaviour? of some members of the SPYL NEC.
They, therefore, appealed to Mbumba to act decisively, and bring an end to these divisive behaviours.
They further called on Swapo?s Politburo to intervene, and to call the SPYL to order.