Swapo youth were not banned from congress: Mbumba

23 Jun 2013 09:00
SWAKOPMUND, 23 JUN (NAMPA) - Swapo-Party Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba says the leadership of the party?s youth league were not banned from attending Swapo?s extra-ordinary congress at Swakopmund this weekend.
Speaking to Nampa on the sidelines of the extra-ordinary congress on Saturday evening, Mbumba said the Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) leadership ?were just told their apology was not considered adequate?.
?You do not put conditions on your apology. When you are apologising you do not say ?if? or ?but?. They were just told that they were not yet ready to apologise. We expected a better apology, and this was communicated to the senior people. Nobody was banned from attending,? he said.
About 500 party members convened at the coastal town to attend the party?s extra-ordinary congress, which was officially opened on Friday evening and was aimed at discussing and adopting amendments to the party?s constitution.
A source close to the SPYL informed this news agency the youth league delegation were told by Mbumba not to attend the congress, without elaborating on the reason why this was done.
On Saturday morning however, Nampa observed the SPYL members entering the tent where the congress took 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.
Speculation was rife that the party?s leadership is not happy with an apology tendered by the youth league on Thursday 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.
By Sunday afternoon, the Swapo-Party members were still locked in a Central Committee meeting, which party president Hifikepunye Pohamba announced on Saturday.
The meeting, which is taking place at the Swapo-Party regional office in Swakopmund, started on Sunday morning.
The Central Committee meeting was apparently, amongst other things, set to discuss the behaviour of some members of the SPYL at Sunday?s meeting.