WINDHOEK: Re-elected Secretary of the Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) Elijah Ngurare on Sunday said the youth wing should only be guided by its Constitution.
Ngurare made the statement during his acceptance speech at the Fifth SPYL Congress that ended here on Sunday afternoon.
The six-day congress took place at the Windhoek Technical School.
“We are here in this hall brought together only by the Constitutional mandate that we have. Without it we cannot be,” said Ngurare, who was re-elected unopposed.
He said that even though they as SPYL members did not look after cattle or played hide and seek together, they were there united in the name of Swapo.
Ngurare said individual people will come and go, but the ideals of the party should outlive them in order to pass it on from one generation to another.
“None of us must be so selfish to the point that you want to die and be buried with the ideals of the party. The footprints of your hard work and dedication must be left for others to follow,” the SPYL Secretary said.
He noted that if ever there were unified, disciplined young people, sitting up until 03h00 in the morning during elections, they were the young people of Swapo.
Ngurare said the congress was a success, as they sat and discussed real ‘bread and butter’ issues.
He further noted that the youth of Swapo are vigilant, militant, and will thus not allow anybody to auction Swapo or put the party on sale.
“We are not only the eyes and ears of Swapo but we can also bite, and once we bite, it is very painful. So party leadership, remain reassured that ours is a solid rock. Any attempt to divide us will not work, cause we are solid,” Ngurare said.
He said the level of militancy, unity and the foundation of revolution that is found in the youth of Swapo is like the rocks in the middle of a river.
“So anybody who is fantasising or is politically hallucinating, that person needs to be hypnotised with the truth,” said the youth leader.
He said the Swapo youth are striving for youth empowerment, rural development and genuine economic independence, which he said can only be achieved in unity.
Meanwhile, Ngurare also urged delegates to remain comrades, despite their choice of candidates during the elections.
He then lashed out at the media, saying there is no antagonism between him and SPYL National Executive Committee member Julius Namoloh as reported.
Ngurare also confirmed that there were no factions as reported in the local media, adding that it is ‘factories of lies and propaganda’ by the media.
He further said that if there are quarrels in the mother body, ‘let it be the quarrels of the elders’.
Ngurare indicated that he noticed a campaign against the SPYL in the print and electronic media, saying it is clear is that they (media) are being used by other forces.
“Thus please leave us out of your agendas,” he requested, adding that if these media houses want to cover the youth league, it should be about youth empowerment, rural development and genuine economic independence.