Ngurare wants to return as SPYL Secretary

23 Apr 2017 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 23 APR (NAMPA) – Former Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) Secretary, Elijah Ngurare has indicated his intention to reoccupy his position at the helm of the youth wing.
He has as such requested the youth league Deputy Secretary, Veikko Nekundi to vacate office before next Saturday.
Nekundi has been acting in Ngurare's position since 2015.
In a letter dated 22 April 2017, which was circulating on social media and addressed to Nekundi, Ngurare calls for a meeting to be held at the national headquarters before 29 April to hand over the office keys.
He said in the letter that he was constitutionally still the youth league secretary and would therefore chair the upcoming SPYL Central Committee meeting and the youth league's congress.
According to Ngurare, the central committee meeting is scheduled for 29 April 2017, while the SPYL congress will be held in August.
“What I am proving in the letter is what the constitution is saying. I am not the one saying it but the constitution is,” Ngurare told Nampa when contacted for comment on Saturday.
He further emphasised that the objective of the letter is to ensure that the upcoming congress will merge united young SPYL leaders.
“We are getting old, young ones that are going to be at the congress should be united and should all be hoping for the same goal,” said Ngurare.
A Swapo politburo expelled Ngurare and three others from the SPYL in 2015 due to their support of the activities of the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement.
A court ruling in April 2016 however declared the expulsion of the quartet as a violation of the party’s own rule and ordered for the four to be reinstated in the party.
Approached for comment, Nekundi referred all enquiries to the youth league Secretary of Information, Publicity and Mobilisation Neville Andre Itope.
Itope said they did not receive the letter, but only saw it on social media, adding that the youth league's formal communication is not done on social media.
“I have seen the letter circulating on social media but nothing was brought to the office,” said Itope.
He also disputed Ngurare's claim that a central committee meeting is scheduled for 29 April this year.