23 November 2012

Namibia: Ekandjo - A Man of the People

Windhoek — Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) Secretary, Dr Elijah Ngurare, is convinced vice-presidential hopeful Jerry Ekandjo will emerge victorious at the Swapo Party congress because of his humility.

Ngurare hailed Ekandjo - the Swapo secretary for information and publicity - as a man with extraordinary leadership qualities. "He is a veteran youth leader, a Robben Island prisoner, accessible and humble ... his entire life has been dedicated to the service of all Namibians," Ngurare sung his praises.

The youth league leader was addressing a press conference yesterday to reveal the outcome of the SPYL 2nd Ordinary National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that was held on November 17, 2012.

"Let us march triumphantly without fear to the victory of Comrade Jerry Ekandjo as vice-president, Comrade Utoni Nujoma as secretary general and Comrade Dr Abraham Iyambo as deputy secretary general," he urged members of the influential SPYL. However, the youth league leader emphasized that the victory at the congress will belong to Swapo and not to individuals. "Let the one who is voted by the majority be accepted by all," Ngurare said.

An unexpected verbal altercation between SPYL secretary for information, publicity and mobilisation Job Amupanda and Windhoek Observer editor, Kuvee Kangueehi, briefly interrupted the press conference yesterday. Ngurare soon joined the fray and expressed his displeasure with articles carried in the weekly when he singled out Kangueehi and another reporter from that newspaper.

Kangueehi retaliated by requesting that the press conference proceed, instead of the SPYL addressing him personally. As a result, Amupanda threatened to have Kangueehi removed from the media conference should he continue to interrupt proceedings.

Furthermore, resolutions of the NEC called for workers to be given a part of their pension for the purpose of acquiring housing since that money was "used to enrich others at the GIPF."

"SPYL will host a bilateral meeting with the GIPF Board of Trustees soon," Ngurare said. Another resolution relates to the re-introduction of religious and moral instruction in Namibia's school curriculum as a way of arresting growing moral decay in the society, especially the acts of murder against women.

Ngurare also lashed out at Nanso for allegedly failing to stand up for the aspirations and interests of students. "[You have] been hijacked by the political expediency of some Nanso leaders," he said, calling on the Ministry of Education to review its relationship with the student body. Ngurare further emphasized that the upcoming Swapo congress is a passing event, however Swapo must remain like a perennial political river to sustain future generations.

"Swapo must ensure the empowerment of sections, branches, districts and regions. We need to empower our people in poor urban and rural areas," he said, adding that this would give practical meaning to rural development, genuine economic empowerment, as well as youth empowerment.

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