11 February 2019

Namibia: Swapo to Withdraw Defectors' Membership

THE //Kharas Swapo branch has revealed that it would withdraw membership of those who have joined other parties in the region.

The party's regional coordinator, Mathew Mumbala, made the revelation at the //Kharas Swapo youth wing's regional executive committee meeting held at Keetmanshoop on Saturday.

"I want to make it categorically clear that after the consultations with the party's regional executive committee next Saturday, we are going to expel all members in the region who have openly defected from Swapo Party," he stated.

Mumbala encouraged party members to end their love and friendship relationship with those aligned to other political parties, saying it is unacceptable for a Swapo member to be a sympathiser of an opposition party.

"We must even end marriages, or either quit politics and become spiritual leaders if you want to be fair to everyone," he fumed.

The outspoken politician also took issue with party members insulting others on social media.

"We, as the youth league of the ruling party, must be the driving force of the development agenda. You must not become reactionaries and use our (social media) platforms to insult some of the senior party leaders," said Mumbala, making reference to insults party members recently hurled on the What's App group page against senior party cadre Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana.

The national Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) secretary Veikko Nekundi, who is also a parliamentarian, said members do not fear to insult the president (Hage Geingob), but fear to confront mining bosses head-on to be given sub-contracting jobs as part of economic empowerment.

"It is shameful; some members have resorted to destructive criticism, instead of constructive fault-finding," he stated.

He thus urged the party's youth wing members to enhance the country's economic development, and warned them against confusing "progressive revolutionarism with destructive revolutionarism" as the latter falls short of the critical pillars of patriotism.

"Further, don't use SPYL as a transmitting belt of anarchy and disrespect," he added.

Nekundi also warned party members against what he termed 'political rejects' who see nothing good done by Swapo, but have chosen to criticise anything it does.

"They are golden opportunists who have made it their daily business to insult our president, the party leadership and the government," he said, adding that it is each party member's duty and responsibility to ensure unity within the rank and file of the party.

"Refrain from fighting one another, fighting wars that are not yours, being used against your party, and using derogatory remarks against the party," Nekundi urged.

The politician then donated 10 school uniforms and bags to needy children and N$4 000 to assist two students to pay tertiary education registration fees and to buy study materials.

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