Swapo CC endorses youth league members' expulsion

23 Jul 2015 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 23 JUL (NAMPA) – A Swapo Party Central Committee (CC) meeting on Thursday endorsed the party’s Political Bureau decision to expel Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) Secretary Elijah Ngurare and three other youth league members.
Swapo Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba made the announcement here on Thursday while briefing members of the media on the outcome of the party’s CC meeting held earlier in the day.
The Swapo Politburo last Friday recommended to the party’s Central Committee that Ngurare, as well as the three suspended league members who now lead the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement- Job Amupanda, Dimbulukeni Nauyoma and George Kambala – be expelled.
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.
Mbumba on Thursday said the four are expelled from the party in terms of Chapter Three, Article Seven of the Swapo Constitution.
He stressed that the CC noted the report on the interaction by the Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa and that of the task team of the Swapo Politburo in their interaction with the leadership of the AR movement.
“After a lengthy, lively and yet comradely discussion, the CC unanimously endorsed the decision of the Politburo - that is the expulsion of the suspended members of the SPYL,” he said.
Amupanda, Nauyoma and Kambala were last year suspended for illegally clearing a piece of land in the suburb of Kleine Kuppe on 09 November 2014.
Mbumba added that the CC endorsed a decision for the party to discontinue further engagement with the AR movement.
The CC meeting also endorsed the decision of the Politburo that the government should accelerate the implementation of programmes aimed at addressing land delivery to the Namibian people and continue to engage the AR movement.
According to a report of the Politburo to the Central Committee in Nampa’s possession, the AR leadership met with Shaningwa on 09 July this year and the land activists explained the background of the movement and expressed their dismay at Local Authority councillors who allegedly allocate plots to relatives, associates and “special people”, whereas the youth are forced to pay high rental amounts to landlords.
With regards to Ngurare’s expulsion, Swapo president Hage Geingob during the opening of the CC meeting on Thursday said the decision to expel Ngurare was taken some time ago - before the party's extra-ordinary congress which took place in Swakopmund in 2013.
He stressed that the decision relates to matters of discipline and respect.
Geingob said Ngurare’s expulsion was halted as a result of intervention by then Swapo president Hifikepunye Pohamba and a decision was taken to monitor his behaviour. It was decided that if he repeats the same actions, he would be expelled.