Race for SPYL secretary on

14 May 2017 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 14 MAY (NAMPA) – The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) Central Committee (CC) on Saturday elected candidates to contest for the hot seats of secretary and deputy at its upcoming Swapo Party Congress.
These two positions will be contested during its sixth congress slated for 24 to 27 August in the Zambezi Region.
The elections were held during a Central Committee meeting yesterday.
SPYL outgoing acting secretary Veikko Nekundi told a media conference on Saturday the three candidates for the secretary position are Ephraim Nekongo, Mandela Kapere and Mirjam Nghidipo.
Christine Haindaka, Mogale Kalimbue and Immanuel Shikongo were elected to contest for the position of deputy secretary.
Congratulating the elected candidates, Nekundi cautioned that they should conduct themselves in a spirit of partnership.
“I, therefore, wish the elected candidates in this meeting to conduct themselves in the spirit of comradeship and the values of the organisation during the period leading to the congress.
He warned the CC would not tolerate divisive campaigns.
“Any unbecoming words and phrases to other comrades are tantamount to [be] destructive of our organisation we claim to all love,” said Nekundi.
Nekundi took over as the acting secretary of SPYL, after the then league’s secretary Elijah Ngurare, was expelled by the party in July 2015.
This was after he and other youth leaders such as former SPYL spokesperson Job Amupanda, George Kambala and Dimbulukweni Nujoma were expelled from the party for their involvement in the Affirmative Repositioning Movement, which had presented land demands to Government.
The four took the ruling party to court claiming it had not followed correct disciplinary procedures for their dismissal.
They were reinstalled on 23 April 2016 after Acting Judge Collins Parker found the party had circumvented its own constitution and disciplinary code when it expelled the four.