WINDHOEK: The Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) is not happy with the performance of the National Youth Council (NYC), and is thus trying to help the council “help itself”. SPYL Secretary for Information, Mobilisation and Publicity Job Amupanda told Nampa here on Tuesday that the SPYL Central Committee (CC) concluded during its 5th SPYL congress in September 2012 that the NYC is not living up to the expectations of the youth, especially when it is a youth umbrella body with the principal task of delivering youth development by young people themselves.
Amupanda said the SPYL congress discussed various issues on youth economic empowerment and youth development, and young people stood up and spoke about international politics, national politics, health and even education.
Congress then decided very clearly to pass Resolution 34 of the 5th SPYL Congress on the NYC, he said.
This resolution expresses displeasure with the thriving political expediency surrounding the NYC, as the body is observed not to be living up to the expectations of the SPYL, which is its key founder.
“You can have key objectives, but are those objectives reflecting on the current dynamics of young people? We are trying to help the NYC be better. It is not necessarily that we are banishing anyone,” Amupanda explained. He added that the SPYL CC never decided that Executive Chairperson of the NYC, Mandela Kapere be fired, as the media had reported.
Amupanda made it clear that the SPYL is just not happy with the performance of youth development.
Thus, as an antidote, the CC resolved to establish a technical committee to conduct an overall re-look of the institution, and propose a way forward. “Even the leadership of the NYC felt perhaps the idea of a committee to relook its affairs is better.
It’s quite astonishing to see that when you want to better something, you are accused of purging a person,” Amupanda complained. According to The Namibian newspaper of 02 October 2012, Kapere was apparently told in the CC meeting on Saturday that he should get his house in order, or else he would be fired.
Meanwhile, Amupanda said the wing’s National Executive Committee (NEC) is charged with the responsibility of setting up the committee to reassess the NYC.