Swapo youth league congress kicks off at Katima Mulilo

24 Aug 2017 14:00pm
KATIMA MULILO, 24 AUG (NAMPA) - The Swapo-party Youth League (SPYL) Congress successfully kicked off at Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region on Thursday.
President Hage Geingob officially opened the 6th SPYL congress and largely motivated the youth in attendance to uphold the principles of the Swapo-party.
He said the party’s youth league must remain active, revolutionary and a militant transmission belt of the SWAPO-party’s political ideologies, policies and programmes.
“The Swapo-party legacy was born from the radical and progressive ideas of young Namibians some 57 years ago and you, dear comrades, you are now the custodians of this rich legacy,” he said.
He said back then, those young Namibians who established the party had a mandate to unite all Namibians and cultivate the spirit of nationalism within them in order to fight and defeat the common enemy they faced, as a united people.
Geingob said contestation is internally allowed in the party as one of its strong democratic principles.
“But those who get defeated must accept the outcome of the results of this congress and embrace peace with one another in order to move forward,” he said.
Geingob warned the youth of regionalism, factionalism, divisive attitudes and utterances against other members attending the congress.
Acting SPYL Secretary, Veikko Nekundi said a total of 568 youth delegates from the party sections, branches and regional districts of each region were attending the congress.
The congress is expected to elect its office bearers including the new leader of the SPYL and deputy.
Two candidates, Mandela Kapere who is the Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Council (NYC) and Oshana Region’s Youth Forum Chairperson, Ephraim Nekongo are contesting the position of SPYL Secretary.
The congress on Sunday will announce names of the new youth league office bearers and members of the SPYL Central Committee who will serve the party’s wing for the next five-years.