Kavango East Swapo leaders say Nekundi was illegaly suspended

23 Jul 2015 17:40pm
RUNDU, 23 JUL (NAMPA) – Swapo’s Kavango East regional leadership says the Deputy Secretary of the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL), Veikko Nekundi was illegally suspended.
Speaking at a media briefing here on Wednesday, regional mobiliser Erik Tjandja said the SPYL's National Executive Committee (NEC), which suspended him on Sunday, did not interpret the youth league’s constitution correctly.
Nekundi was suspended for allegedly causing infighting and division in the youth league.
SPYL Secretary for Labour Paulus Mbangu on Sunday said an extra-ordinary NEC meeting which was held at the Kamutjonga Fisheries Institute in the Kavango West Region’s Mukwe Constituency on Saturday was supposed to be preceded by a seminar. The seminar was however 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 members Job Amupanda; Dimbulukeni Nauyoma and George Kambala.
The NEC announced on Sunday that Nekundi is the cause of infighting and division in the youth league, and it has therefore decided to suspend him.
Tjandja said the NEC does not have the powers to make such decisions, and that it can only recommend such suspension to the Central Committee (CC) which is rightly mandated to do so.
SPYL Secretary for Legal Affairs Naftali Kambungu told Nampa on Thursday the NEC, which is one of the top structures of SPYL, recommended to its Central Committee that it should suspend Nekundi and that the regional leadership of Kavango East do not have the right to pronounce themselves on anything as they are a lower structure of the mother body (Swapo).
Meanwhile, a letter in Nampa's possession from the SPYL's Secretary for Legal Affairs and addressed to Mbumba says a meeting Nekundi has called for Saturday is not procedural. The SPYL received a letter requesting all CC members to attend it.
It is alleged that the meeting is planning to instigate all regional secretaries in the party and some CC members to expel all NEC members.
The letter says proper procedure for convening the alleged meeting has not been followed, adding that the normal practice for inviting members is done through the office of the SPYL, which has not been done in this case.
“The Deputy Secretary's suspension takes away all rights and functions that constitute that alleged meeting. Reference is made to Article 4 (c) that the power to call for a CC is vested in the NEC of SPYL,” the letter reads.
The youth league further indicated that it is aware of the Swapo CC meeting that was planned for Thursday in Windhoek, stating that the outcome of the meeting would necessitate an SPYL CC meeting.
“We plead with your office to declare the CC meeting planned for Saturday unconstitutional and a serious misconduct and violation of the Swapo Party constitution read with SPYL constitution,” the letter reads.
Thursday’s meeting endorsed the Swapo Party politburo's decision to expel Ngurare, Amupanda, Nauyoma and Kambala.