No factions in PDMYL - Katjirijova

Elective congress looms

09 November 2021 | Politics

OGONE TLHAGE







WINDHOEK

The outgoing secretary of the Popular Democratic Movement Youth League (PDMYL), Benson Katjirijova, says there are no factions in the youth movement - despite jostling for positions ahead of its elective congress next month.

He made the comments after a press conference yesterday.

“There are no factions, there is nothing about that. We might differ on many kinds of decisions but there are no divisions,” he said.

Members of the party, Katjirijova said, are allowed to seek higher office within the movement.

“We are in a democratic process. Let any person who wants to express his or her right, let people come, but we must talk about the organisation. Let people have a right for them to lead, it’s not a problem,” he said.

Not interested

Katjirijova also mentioned that he would not seek re-election to lead the movement in future, saying his two terms were sufficient.

“I am not going to run for re-election. First thing, I am not qualified and, also, if I was qualified, I served for two terms, in politics you must just come and go. Allow others to come on board,” he said.

Highlighting his achievements, he said the youth league had been instrumental in the good performance the party had achieved in the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The PDM had seen its number of seats increase from five in 2014 to 16, marking the addition of 11 seats.

“It was not the impact of [Dr Panduleni] Itula. We stand on our own, the national party list [number of seats]… It was PDM on its own,” Katjirijova said.