Nujoma maintains silence at SPYL meeting

news nujoma 5 octFOLLOWING the recent revelation that President Hifikepunye Pohamba indicated his support for Hage Geingob as the candidate to succeed him in the 2014 national elections, attention has now shifted to the next centre of power.

At the official opening of the first Central Committee meeting of the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) in the capital last weekend, Founding President Dr Sam Nujoma gave no indication of where his support lies.
Nujoma, who appeared extremely composed although perhaps less energetic than usual, did not deviate from his prepared speech that called for unity and unwavering discipline in the party.
On the eve of the CC meeting, Secretary of the Youth League Elijah Ngurare openly declared Jerry Ekandjo as his choice as candidate for the vice presidency of the party.
Although many expected Nujoma to pronounce himself on the matter he left them disappointed.
Secretary-General of the party Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, who is in the race for the position of VP, also spoke at the event.
She warmly welcomed Nujoma and praised him for all the work he had done and the dedication he had shown towards the party over the years.
However, as the founding president addressed the youth, he seemed to carefully avoid reciprocating Iivula-Ithana’s compliments or mention any of the other candidates aspiring for VP of the party.
Apart from Iivula-Ithana there were no other members of parliament or even Cabinet ministers present, nor were there representatives from other wings of the party there to show their support.
The Windhoek Observer has reliably learnt that a letter the SPYL sent requesting the recall of Youth, National, Sports and Culture Minister Kazenambo Kazenambo has reached President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
It is expected that Pohamba will summon the top four leaders of the party in order to consult about the request from the youth, which is not uncommon for the head of state to do.
The letter has a petition attached with signatures from six of the seven regions, agreeing with the move to have Kazenambo fired from his ministerial position.
However it remains the exclusive right of the president to hire as well as fire ministers as he sees fit, and nobody in either the Government or party can override that power.
Some sources within the party question the understanding of the SPYL leadership, saying it seems to want to act more and more like an autonomous body and not a wing of the mother body.
SPYL still has to report to the Central Committee of the party and this is why the secretary has a seat in Central Committee of the main party.
Therefore, it remains unclear why the youth leadership did not address the issue with the minister through the relevant party structures first.
Besides failing to exhaust all other avenues before running to the president, it also remains a mystery if the brawl is between Ngurare and Kazenambo or between the SPYL and Kazenambo.
It remains unclear if their qualms emanate from programmes that the youth ministry has failed to implement, or other issues regarding the management of the ministry.
These are some of the details the SPYL leadership has failed to make clear, in their protest against the youth minister.
Much to the disappointment of some, Nujoma stuck to his script and did not use the SPYL Central Committee meeting to comment on Kazenambo, but instead concluded his remarks by promoting nationhood and peace. – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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