Kavango East SPYL calls for intervention in RTC infighting

13 Jan 2019 15:50pm
RUNDU, 13 JAN (NAMPA) – The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) in the Kavango East Region said they are dissatisfied with the infighting of the ruling party’s Rundu town councilors over positions and have called on the party's top leadership to intervene.

During a media conference on Sunday afternoon here, Secretary General of the SPYL in the region, Anselm Marungu, said the youth have been following on the issue through the party and the media and are not happy with what is happening.

The Rundu Town Council (RTC) has been operating without councilors since 21 November 2018, after its swearing-in ceremony of councilors was called-off due to a division among them over a decision as to whether Rundu Mayor, Verna Sinimbo, should retain her position or not.

The councilors, particularly from the ruling Swapo party, also had qualms with an alleged directive from the party’s Secretary-General, Sophia Shaningwa, to retain the status quo.

“Our aim of calling this press conference is to express our dissatisfaction towards what is happening in the council,” he said.

The Swapo party, Marungu said, is a mass-based organization and thus, the members’ conduct should be in the interest of the masses.

The youth strongly condemned the infighting amongst the councilors, saying that it is a pity having leaders fighting for positions when the town and the town’s residents need them the most.

“We have learned that there’s no unity among the councilors. We cannot have a situation where councilors are not talking to one another, yet running the same council,” the youth leader stressed.

Marungu further called for unity amongst the councilors, urging them to serve the masses that put them into these positions.

Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga, when contacted on the absent councilors and RTC operating without them on Sunday, said he has no power over position allocation.

“All I do is coordinate the activities of the local authority when I know councilors have been sworn-in. The minister only comes in if the council fails to deliver service but of course we will monitor the situation,” Mushelenga said.

Shaningwa could not be reached for comment.