There were reports last week Saturday that the leaders of the Swapo-Party Youth League were barred from the party’s extra-ordinary congress held in Swakopmund from Friday.
Swapo secretary-general, Nangolo Mbumba, yesterday told Nampa that the reports were not true.
Mbumba said what the SPYL leaders were told was that their apology was not enough resulting in them issuing another apology yesterday after they were directed to do so by the party.
“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,” Mbumba said.
To show their unhappiness, Mbumba and President Hifikepunye Pohamba did not acknowledge the presence of the SPYL members according to the party’s custom at such events.
Swapo had demanded an apology from the youth wing during the central committee (CC)meeting held in Windhoek last week.
The SPYL leadership then issued the apology last Thursday saying: “If it is found that we have committed errors, we are sorry, and regret any inconvenience that might have been caused,” Ngurare said.
Unhappy with this apology, the CC convened yesterday after the extra-ordinary congress where it was decided that the SPYL should offer another apology.
Ngurare was forced to extend an ‘unreserved apology’ to the entire Swapo Party leadership on behalf of the SPYL leadership and membership.
"As a vanguard wing we shall commit ourself to observing the party constitution, regulations and code of conduct in all our undertakings to ensure that we remain a transmitting belt of the party’s policies and ideologies," he said in his statement yesterday.
Ngurare also warned all SPYL members to refrain from posting on social networking sites any information that would show disrespect of the elders.