Mumbala acted foolishly: Shimanya

24 Feb 2015 19:20pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 24 FEB (NAMPA) – A senior Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) member in the //Karas Region rejected threats of suspension should they partake in the mass land application planned for Friday.
Bernard Shimanya, a SPYL Central Committee member based in Lüderitz, urged the youth to ignore //Karas regional coordinator Mathew Mumbala’s statements and to proceed with their right to apply for land.
In an interview with Nampa on Tuesday he also advised party members who can assist the youth to do so without fear.
The action for mass land applications is coordinated by the “Affirmative Repositioning” movement spearheaded by now suspended SPYL leader Job Amupanda, Dimbulukweni Nauyoma and George Kambala.
Shimyana said on Tuesday that Mumbala acted foolishly and in his personal capacity without the backing of the party and the youth in the region to make his threats.
“Who is Mumbala and who does he think he is speaking for?” he wanted to know.
Shimyana also questioned the visit by Swapo Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba to the //Karas Region last Saturday when Mumbala made his remarks.
“Why did the SG come here and why did Mumbala make those statements? Why were those threats not made in Windhoek by the Khomas (Swapo) regional coordinator?” he asked.
Shimanya said the whole //Karas regional leadership rejected Mumbala’s announcements and hold him responsible for confusing the entire mission of land acquisition for Namibian youth.
He said the region will go ahead with all plans to apply for land on 27 February and beyond.
“It is a joke for Mumbala to threaten people with suspension; he should sit down,” Shimanya said.