Amupanda ideal to feature on parly list: Horn

03 Feb 2015 09:30am
WINDHOEK, 03 FEB (NAMPA) – Political analyst Dr Nico Horn says suspended SPYL leader Job Amupanda would have been an ideal nominee to parliament.
Although he welcomed the nomination of Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) member Heather Sibungo to parliament, he said Amupanda would have fit the bill better.
Horn made these remarks on Monday after president-elect, Dr. Hage Geingob, made an announcement on the eight extra nominees to the National Assembly (NA).
The nominees are Home Affairs’ and Immigration Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana; Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture Minister Jerry Ekandjo and Governor of the Hardap Region, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa.
Others are Presidential Affairs’ Minister Albert Kawana; Bishop Dr Zephania Kameeta; Dr Bernard Haufiku, a medical practitioner; National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) Managing Director Obed Kandjoze and Sibungo.
“There is an obvious conflict between the president-elect and the Youth League’s leadership,” Horn told Nampa.
He said he welcomes the idea of including youth in parliament as there is a tendency in Namibia to vote for older people.
However, if Geingob wanted an active youth on the ground, that person should have been the suspended SPYL leader Job Amupanda, who is one of the few radical youths in Swapo who is outspoken on youth issues.
“But then of course there are political reasons why he did not make the cut,” Horn continued.
Amupanda resigned before being subsequently suspended from the party during November 2014 after being involved in a municipal land-grab in response to reports of corruption by the Windhoek municipality.
According to him, he would have liked to see somebody closer to the hearts of young people, and one who understands their issues.
Horn added that he would have liked to see more political appointees - whether active or non-active in politics - featuring on the nomination of Geingob.
Some of the names he threw around were those of Executive Director of the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM), Dr Joseph Diescho, and Namibian political scientist Prof Andre du Pisani.
Meanwhile, SPYL Secretary Elijah Ngurare commended Geingob for nominating Sibungo, saying her appointment is an affirmation that those who work hard will always be rewarded.
He explained that Sibungo was one of the six SPYL candidates who qualified for the Swapo ‘pot’, but did not make it.
According to him, she has been visible in the activities of SPYL since she was young, and even served as chairperson for the Caprivi regional youth forum.
She is also a former board member of the National Youth Council (NYC).
Sibungo also participated in several international youth meetings, and in 2010 represented Namibia in South Africa at the World Youth Festival.
“I really want to commend the president-elect for considering two people from the north-east, and considering the youth in general.
What is important is just service delivery to the people,” he stressed.