SPYL speak out after electoral college

08 Sep 2019 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 08 SEP (NAMPA) – Usakos Mayor Akser Mwafangeyo, a Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) candidate at the just-concluded Swapo electoral college says he is happy with the outcome of the voting exercise that took place in the capital this weekend.
In an interview with Nampa on Sunday, he said it was for the first time that SPYL elected candidates from within their structures only to compete at the electoral college for seats in the National Assembly.
“Even though we are not placed high up on the list, there are other youthful delegates who made it high on the list of 96 and have thus guaranteed for us a generational mix representation of youth and elders,” he said.
Mwafangeyo, who came in at 127 on the Swapo list of its 96 potential candidates for the National Assembly, is one of six SPYL candidates who took part in the electoral college from 06 to 08 September.
The others are Hofni Ipinge who came in at 83, Iswarin Rooi (86), Julius Gaseb (125), Uveniko Negonga (140) and Shipola Shihepo (160).
Ipinge however feels the six candidates could have performed better.
He said at the previous electoral college - also known as the ‘pot’ - in 2014, all SPYL-delegated candidates made it above the 96 member list threshold but this time only two made it, himself and Rooi.
He blamed this on the elders “who are not ready to give up their positions and make space for the youth”.
He premised this assertion on the composition of the pot whereby all Swapo central committee members and current members of parliament are automatic candidates.
“As a result, there is leeway for them to engage in block voting whereby they vote for themselves and due to their majority in numbers they can retain their parliamentary seats as a result.”
Ipinge commended Marco Hausiku, the deputy secretary general of Swapo, for not making himself available for parliament and said if some of the elders of Hausiku’s generation had done the same, the youth would have been placed higher up on the list.
“I am happy with the democratic process that took place, but some elders are supposed to instead groom youth to take over. How do you compete with someone you are supposed to be grooming,” he said.