Nekundi says he is acting SPYL Secretary

20 Jul 2015 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 20 JUL (NAMPA) - Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) Deputy Secretary Veikko Nekundi says the youth league’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has no right or authority to suspend him as per its constitution.
Addressing members of the media here on Monday, Nekundi confirmed receiving a letter of suspension after the SPYL’s extra-ordinary NEC meeting held at the Kamutjonga Fisheries Institute in Kavango West on Saturday.
Nekundi was suspended for allegedly causing infighting and division in the youth league.
SPYL Secretary for Labour Paulus Mbangu on Sunday said the NEC meeting was supposed to be preceded by a seminar, but the seminar was interrupted when Nekundi arrived there with the Namibian Police to prevent expelled SPYL Secretary Elijah Ngurare from addressing the conference or participating in any youth league activities.
It is alleged that he was instructed by Swapo Secretary-General, Nangolo Mbumba to prevent Ngurare from taking part in the meeting as he was expelled along with Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement leaders Job Amupanda; Dimbulukweni Nauyoma and George Kambala.
Secretary for International Affairs Edward (Eddy) Kafita was appointed as the acting Secretary.
“The letter is illegal and unconstitutional. The NEC has no right to suspend anyone,” Nekundi said, adding that he will instead be the acting Secretary while Kafita will remain the Secretary for International Affairs.
The Swapo-Party Politburo on Friday recommended to the party’s Central Committee that Ngurare and the three suspended league members who lead the AR movement – Amupanda, Nauyoma, Kambala - be expelled.
Mbumba at the time said the decision was taken after it was discovered that the SPYL’s top leadership was supporting the AR movement, which is campaigning for access to land for all landless Namibians. The AR has threatened to occupy land if Government does not allocate landless Namibians plots by 31 July 2015.
Nekundi explained that he will be acting as Secretary as stipulated by the SPYL constitution, which says the Deputy Secretary has to act in case the Secretary is not available until the SPYL Congress.
He said in the absence of the secretary and deputy secretary, the Swapo-Party mother body will take a decision to either engage the NEC or call a congress.
Nekundi dismissed the allegation that he caused infighting and division in the youth league, saying he has no right and power to influence anybody in the party.
He said the decision of the politburo to expel Ngurare must not be connected to him. This follows speculation that he was behind Ngurare’s expulsion.
The youth league’s Secretary for Legal Affairs, Naftali Kambungu on Sunday told this news agency “with the ambitions of Nekundi, he in all likelihood engineered the secretary’s suspension”.
Nekundi also warned the structures of the youth league to lead on the principle of unity and respect and to adhere to the SPYL constitution, saying anything contrary to that is a serious offence.
He said he received a request from most of members of the SPYL Central Committee to convene an urgent Central Committee meeting.
The meeting scheduled for Saturday at the Swapo-Party headquarters in Windhoek is aimed at sorting out all issues in the youth league.