SWAPO CC meeting said to be taking place tomorow

22 Jun 2013 13:10
SWAKPPMUND, 22 JUN (NAMPA) ? The Swapo-Party will reportedly hold a Central Committee meeting at Swakopmund in the Erongo Region on Sunday morning.
Nampa understands that President Hifikepunye Pohamba, who is also the president of the party, announced on Saturday that there will be a Central Committee meeting.
About 500 party members have convened at the coastal town to attend the party?s extra-ordinary congress aimed at discussing and adopting amendments to the party?s constitution.
A reliable source who was present during the congress told this news agency the Central Committee meeting will take place at 09h00 on Sunday.
The Central Committee meeting will, amongst other thing, apparently discuss the behaviour of some members of the Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL).
Despite the youth league members being warned not to attend the extra-ordinary congress, a 15-member SPYL delegation showed up at the congress.
Some members of the youth league led by SPYL Secretary Elijah Ngurare were seen attending the meeting. While some left not long after showing up for the congress, others stayed until the congress was concluded on Saturday afternoon.
The extra-ordinary congress was officially opened on Friday night, with President Pohamba calling on Swapo-Party members attending the congress to ?contribute robustly? to the proceedings.
A source close to the event informed Nampa the youth league delegation were told by Swapo-Party Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba not to attend the congress, without elaborating on the reason why this was done.
On Saturday morning however, the SPYL members were seen entering the tent where the two-day congress is taking place.
As is customary, at the start of the meeting Mbumba acknowledged all the delegates from the different regions, unions and party wings. He however did not make any mention of the SPYL delegates.
During the official opening last night, Mbumba also issued a warning to the delegates at the congress to ?not spoil? the gathering.
?You should know by now the purpose of the meeting, do not spoil the meeting,? he cautioned.
Speculation is rife that the party?s leadership is not happy with an apology tendered by the youth league this week after an order for them to do so by the Swapo-Party Central Committee.
The committee demanded the apology as it was not happy with some recent public statements made by some of the youth league?s members, which included personal attacks and other forms of ?unbecoming behaviour? by some SPYL members.
?If it is found that we have committed errors, we are sorry, and regret any inconvenience that might have been caused,? Secretary of the SPYL, Elijah Ngurare said during a media conference held in the capital on Thursday.
A media conference is expected to be held on Saturday evening.
(NAMPA)
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