Swapo youth 'unpatriotic behaviour' condemned

28 Feb 2017 09:50am
ONGWEDIVA, 28 FEB (NAMPA) – Oshana Region Swapo coordinator, Erastus Kapolo has said his region is disturbed by the ‘unpatriotic behaviour’ of some Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) members who insult leaders of the party, including President Hage Geingob.
Kapolo said some SPYL members’ loss of discipline and respect are a concern to the party and need to be condemned by all loyal members.
He made these remarks when he addressed members of the party’s Ongwediva District here on Sunday.
“They insult their comrades, especially calling leaders 'remote-controlled' by politburo, even fighting among themselves for positions and referring to the Land Reform Minister Utoni Nujoma as an idiot in Parliament,” Kapolo told his audience.
He claimed some SPYL members have lost respect for senior members and even use offensive language towards Geingob through social media.
According to Kapolo, Geingob deserves respect for being the Head of State, first prime minister of the country, chairperson of the Constituent Assembly, director of Swapo’s election campaign in 1989, leader of the then United Nations Institute of Namibia in Zambia, and for sacrificing his entire youth for the liberation struggle of the country.
He described the behaviour of the Swapo youth as shocking, shameful, unconstitutional and unacceptable.
Kapolo went on to express concern over a confrontation that occurred between Nama and Owambo residents of Keetmanshoop recently.
“Even civil servants use the social media platform to spread messages promoting tribalism and xenophobia against fellow citizens, foreigners and the government itself,” the Oshana Swapo coordinator charged.
He said name-calling towards fellow comrades must stop, adding that Namibians should understand that retrogressive tendencies such as tribalism have failed many countries in Africa and the world.
He wants the entire Swapo membership to oppose inner-party factions and to refrain from belonging to associations such as the Landless People’s Movement, Affirmative Repositioning Movement and Mozokumwe Volunteers.
Kapolo used the same meeting to introduce Magdalena Hango as the new Swapo regional mobiliser for the Oshana Region elected last year to succeed Lotto Kuushomwa, who has become a member of the National Council.