Expelled Secretary of the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) Elijah Ngurare has provided Namibian Sun with a letter he had written to President Hage Geingob regarding his expulsion, in which he said that he was kicked out because of vengeance and not justice.
This was after a letter was leaked on social media, apparently signed by Ngurare, in which he purportedly accused Geingob of hating those who did not support his party vice-presidential bid in 2012 which culminated in him becoming Head of State.
Ngurare and some senior SPYL leaders openly supported Youth Minister Jerry Ekandjo for party vice-president and presidential candidate at the 2012 Swapo elective congress.
Shortly after the letter went viral yesterday, Ngurare emphasised that it was a draft and that it differed from his final letter to the president.
However, by yesterday afternoon, presidential spokesperson Albertus Aochamub said State House had not received Ngurare’s letter dated July 30, 2015.
On July 23, Ngurare was expelled alongside former SPYL spokesperson Job Amupanda and youth politicians George Kambala and Dimbulukweni Nauyoma for their involvement in the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement.
Ngurare wrote to Geingob: “I was unable to respond to your public utterances on my person because of a death in the family. I will so now.
“In your statement at the opening of the Central Committee (CC) meeting on July 23, 2015 you were acknowledging that, left to you, I was supposed to have been ousted in 2013 in Swakopmund, and that I must ‘thank former President Pohamba who intervened’ to save me.
“This is where both of you are wrong. I do not need saving, but fairness and justice need saving.”
He added that Geingob further informed the CC that a decision was taken to monitor his behaviour and if he would repeat the same actions then he would be expelled.
Ngurare wrote that Geingob continued to indicate that anyone who violates bail conditions should expect to face the consequences.
In this metaphor Geingob is believed to be referring to a 2013 situation were Ngurare, Amupanda and some of the SPYL NEC leaders clashed with the elders in the party over statements targeting former party president Pohamba and other senior government and Swapo leaders.
At a Swapo extraordinary congress at Swakopmund that year, there were plans to get rid of the SPYL leadership but Pohamba pardoned them, giving them a chance to repent.
“Again I do not think this is a fair reflection of the situation at the time. I would like to believe that you have a conscience and in that you know the truth,” Ngurare’s letter reads.
“The resolution in Swakopmund 2013 was that if there was to be any wrongdoing on the part of myself, as the leader, and the entire SPYL NEC, such transgression would automatically be referred to the newly established Disciplinary Committee.
“This was, undoubtedly, done in preserving fairness and natural justice in the Swapo Party.”
Ngurare reminded Geingob that he, at the Swakopmund meeting, referred to the behaviour of some party CC members who were “insulting other tribes and each other’s mothers”.
“I asked why such behaviour was not taken up by the party leadership. It appears that the animosity towards me originates from something other than my alleged misconduct.
“In this regard, I cannot claim to be surprised that you presided over a meeting to get rid of me, Amupanda, Kambala and Nauyoma, in the manner it was done. It is undeniable that the decision to expel us was not taken through the principle of natural justice but perhaps vengeance.”
Ngurare also reminded Geingob that at the 2012 SPYL 5th congress, the president, Swapo secretary-general Nangolo Mbumba and a certain ‘Tobacco Advisor’ convened at a local hotel to “plot” against the congress outcome.
“This matter was adequately written by Amupanda in the Namibian Sun newspaper. In other words, it is not surprising that now you are President it became your first priority above all priorities to expel us.
“I commend you on your historic achievement. One was however thinking that having sworn to protect the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia the least one expects from you is to uphold the principles of natural justice to everyone including those you hate.”
In the three-page letter Geingob is accused of taking to the loudspeaker to talk about Ngurare’s wrongs without him being given an opportunity to answer to those accusations.
Ngurare further said he had advised the AR leadership to lead a countrywide submission of over 50 000 applications for land.
“I take responsibility for siding with Amupanda, Kambala and Nauyoma who were un-procedurally suspended by the top four. I made this point clear to you all in my correspondence with you. You never called them and never treated them like human beings.
“I take responsibility for having attended the consultative legal forum which brought together young lawyers, engineers, social workers etc to review the existing legal framework on access to land in the country.”
He said the expulsion of the AR three did not surprise him either.
“What surprises me is that you chose to [dispense with] natural justice; what surprise me are the allegations, I am hearing, that you ordered the locks to my office to be changed and for my humiliation.
“Finally, I am happy that land/plots will be allocated, and many landless Namibians will be beneficiaries, this sacrifice of me and the other three comrades is worth it. I commend you for capitulating on the side of the needs of the majority. I leave office a happy person.”
He said, apart from serving on boards of companies, there is no tender, fish quota, EPL or Affirmative Action Loan farm to his name.
“Ours was a commitment to service and not an accumulation of wealth. This is the asset, I can declare…. No Politburo or CC will prevent me from entering the voting booth to vote for Swapo Party as I have done since 1989.”
Mbumba could not be reached for comment at the time of going to press.
WINDHOEK ELVIS MURARANGANDA