Swapo showdown against expelled youth begins Thursday

30 Jan 2016 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 30 JAN (NAMPA) - A legal showdown between the Swapo Party and four expelled youth leaders is expected to begin in the High Court here on Thursday.
Former Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) leader Elijah Ngurare and three local land activists, Job Amupanda, George Kambala and Dimbulukeni Nauyoma will challenge their controversial expulsion from the ruling party in July last year over their involvement in the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement.
Acting Judge Collins Parker will preside over the matter.
The four expelled youth leaders will be represented by South African Senior Legal Counsel, Advocate Vincent Maleka and Windhoek-based defence lawyer Amupanda Kamanya.
Swapo will be represented by local lawyer Dirk Conradie.
“The stage is set to reverse and set aside the undemocratic, autocratic and alien decisions taken against us by the powerful group that control the ruling party,” Amupanda said in a media statement issued on 25 October last year.
In the matter, Amupanda, Nauyoma, Kambala and Ngurare were axed from the ruling party, and later filed papers with the High Court to challenge their axing.
The four were kicked out of the ruling party following their involvement and support of the AR movement, which has been driving demands for land to landless Namibians.
They claim the party’s senior leaders did not follow the correct disciplinary procedures at the time of their firing.