New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: On Liberal Reformist Demagogues and Tenderpreneurs

opinion

WE became aware that one Pendapala Hangala found it fashionable to display his oblivion of SPYL's operations in public discourse.

He claims that myself and the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) Secretary are a disgrace to the Namibian youth. Like any factional rantings, his avowal is not supplemented by any evidence to support his claims. His entire rantings are a display of ignorance of the highest order. He argues that "SPYL cannot and should not advocate for radicalism and militancy." We must educate Hangala, out of his ignorance, that it is neither Ngurare nor Amupanda that decides that SPYL must be militant. It is the provision of the constitution of the SPYL which clearly defines the league as an active, revolutionary and militant transmitting belt of the Swapo Party programmes and ideologies.

If the ignorant Hangala finally manages to read the constitution and actually learn that we are commanded by the constitution to be militant, yet he remains perplexed, he must go ask those present at the 1969/70 conference in Tanzania that founded the SPYL and found it necessary for the SPYL to be militant. Youth, like Hangala, must read constitutions and programmes to avoid embarrassing themselves. Surprisingly, the livid Hangala went further to ask "what exactly, especially in today's context does comrade Job mean by being radical and militant and towards who in particular?" So if Hangala doesn't seem to know what militant means, how is it possible that he proclaims that SPYL should not be militant (if he doesn't know what is meant by militancy)? If he truly does not know what militancy means, we are not to blame. His teachers but mostly himself are to be blamed. None of us ran away with his books at school. If he chooses to only read books on tenders and how to get rich then it is not our problem. He must take the advice of elder comrade Dr Elia G. Kaiyamo for the youth to begin entering libraries instead of focusing on ladies and entertainment. To Hangala, radicalism and militancy, the same concept he did not understand earlier, "invite failure and isolation".

He did not support his speculation with evidence. Those that went to school will dismiss Hangala's opportunism with the truth.

Good things do not come to liberals standing at the fence but those actively engaged in determining the agenda and the way forward. Those that are schooled politically will reject Hangala's effort to have the youth league to be useless, passive and reduced to a desk that receives instructions like waterboys and watergirls.

It will never happen. SPYL will remain an active, militant and revolutionary transmitting belt of Swapo Party programmes and ideologies. Hangala must get used to that fact. As for the other clamour relating to the VP nominations and all those, they are not worth dignifying with a response. He must read our official statements on these respective issues.

Hangala and other liberal reformist demagogues did not attend the SPYL 5th Congress, are not members of the Central Committee nor is he and his team of haters part of any leadership of SPYL. They are armchair critics who may be waiting for the arrangements of tenders. If he is really a member of SPYL, then he knows how a member behaves and how issues are raised in the spirit of the SPYL constitution. I do not expect Hangala to know about democratic centralism, a key principle of decision making in SPYL and Swapo, but if he cares to read, he will understand a lot and avoid embarrassment.

He tried to make a comment on what I must do with my personal life. No one, Hangala included, must define to me what I must do for myself. The same way that I do not tell him the manner in which he must go about seeking profit and tenders, he must not attempt to do the same. That I am a political scientist has nothing to do with him. I am an authority in my profession and I know what I am doing.

By the way, the rights and obligations of the SPYL and Swapo members respectively - as provided in the constitutions of both SPYL and that of Swapo - can educate Hangala on what is provided for the members. He will learn a lot instead of focussing only on business and getting rich. We are not responsible for the business failure of Zula Entertainment which was an attempt to make money from the youth.

That Hangala has been in youth circles for decades and never provided and emerged in leadership is not our problem. If he needs help, we are there to assist him on how to get involved. It suffices to conclude that we do not take decrees from liberal reformist demagogues who think SPYL must be run from the streets of Ausblick and Kleine Kuppe. We listen to the structures of SPYL as they spoke at the 5th Congress of SPYL, the first Central Committee and National Executive Committee respectively. Our agenda remains Rural Development, Youth Empowerment and Genuine Economic Empowerment.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Namibian youth.

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