Infighting will cost us votes - SPYL

The SPYL Kavango East leadership has bemoaned the ongoing infighting that has left the Rundu town council in limbo.

14 February 2020 | Local News

The Kavango East Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) says the ongoing infighting at the Rundu town council is not only denying residents much-needed services, but also making the mother party unattractive to youth.

It said the infighting was also scaring away potential investors and would cost Swapo votes in upcoming elections.

Three recalled councillors Isak Kandingu, Anastacia Antonio and Toini Hausiku have threatened that if the situation unfolding at the town council is not dealt with, they will drag the party to court.

They also said in a letter dated 8 February that Swapo secretary-general Sophia Shaningwa is not a fit person to deal with the issue, due to a conflict of interest.

The SPYL Kavango East leadership has now called on the mother party to ensure that members elected to serve in public office should be of good quality. They should also undergo a vetting process that is based on performance and merit.

SPYL Kavango East secretary Anselm Marungu made these remarks when asked what the youth wing thinks of the current situation at the Rundu town council, where the office-bearers' election and swearing-in ceremony is in limbo amid the three councillors being recalled and a tussle between party leaders.

The Swapo Rundu Urban District leadership and the party's Kavango East regional leadership are at loggerheads. “Our residents are losing trust in the party because the question of service delivery is not answered by the current leaders,” Marungu said.

“This is a result of the high level of conflict of interest in the whole Rundu town council, so we feel this infighting will have a negative impact on upcoming elections.

“People are not necessarily losing trust in the party, but the party is being put at risk by the people who are tasked to render service delivery to the people. It is not appealing to young people and it's going to affect performance in the upcoming elections,” Marungu said.

“The residents of this town need service delivery, but due to this infighting we will not realise that. Imagine, since this council came into office, it has just been infighting, which translates to a leadership crisis.”

Marungu said if the district wants to recall its members from the local authority on the basis that they are not performing and implementing the party's wishes, all Swapo members serving on the council should be booted out.

“They are removing three and leaving the one; that will spark disunity because your aim is not development but revenge, and that is the problem with the Rundu town council,” he said.

Marungu also attributed the challenges at Rundu to a lack of an accounting officer at the council.


SPYL Kavango East treasurer Bonifasius Kudumo said the Rundu town council has been turned into a battleground. He said the current issue has a negative impact on attracting potential investors to the town.

“The Rundu town council should not become a battleground. We need to be honest and say that our people should not look at their own interests, but that of the masses. Where there is no unity, investors will not come there,” Kudumo added.

Kenya Kambowe

Similar News


Lack of resources hampers new water infrastructure

1 day - 27 October 2020 | Local News

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKDespite limited resources to develop water infrastructure in the Otjozondjupa Region, deputy minister of agriculture, water and forestry Anna Shiweda...

ACC casts net wider for more Fishrot assets

2 days ago - 26 October 2020 | Local News

Ogone Tlhage and Tuyeimo Haidula Windhoek/OngwedivaThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) says it is closing in on seizing more assets linked to the Fishrot...

Govt failing to protect assets

2 days ago - 26 October 2020 | Local News

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEK A new report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) blames the loss of wildlife, forests and sand through illegal activities...

Rundu holding cells survive Covid onslaught

2 days ago - 26 October 2020 | Local News

Kenya Kambowe RUNDUInmates being held at the Rundu police station holding cells can once again appear in court after the Kavango East...

Epangelo tali ndopa okugamena eliko lyoshilongo

2 days ago - 26 October 2020 | Local News

ELLANIE SMIT OVENDUKAOlopota ompe ya pitithwa koshiputudhilo shoInstitute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) oya...

Yambuleni po elongo lyoondya moshilongo - Schlettwein

2 days ago - 26 October 2020 | Local News

ELLANIE SMIT OVENDUKANamibia ita vulu we okukala owala iikolela keeto lyoondya moshilongo okuza miilongo yimwe nenge okukala ta longitha iiyemo yoshilongo mokulanda...

Dumpsite move a blow to poor

5 days ago - 23 October 2020 | Local News

JANA-MARI SMITH WINDHOEK Plans to decommission Okahandja's current rubbish dump are being met with mixed feelings by those who have grown dependent on the waste...

Germany availed N$850m Covid war chest

6 days ago - 22 October 2020 | Local News

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKThe German government has spent nearly N$850 million to support Namibia since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak.This was...

MTC lights the way

6 days ago - 22 October 2020 | Local News

Kenya KamboweRUNDUMTC is leading the way in rural electrification. According to MTC spokesperson Tim Ekandjo, they have invested over N$85 million over the past two...

Namibia has 'moderate hunger problem'

6 days ago - 22 October 2020 | Local News

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEK Namibia has hugely improved its ranking in a global report, moving from being categorised as having serious hunger last...

Latest News

Angelino goes back to Manchester...

14 minutes ago | Sports

NAMPA/AFP In-form RB Leipzig winger Angelino returns to Manchester with a point to prove this week as the Bundesliga side take on...

Nascam gives update on 2020...

10 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

Windhoek • Michael Kayunde The Namibian Society of Composers and Authors of Music (Nascam) held a press briefing in Windhoek this morning to announce that...

Future of studying in 2021

1 day - 27 October 2020 | Education

Monique Adams and Mariselle Stofberg With the changes to the Namibian curriculum in schools, the senior secondary phase will start in grade 10 and...

Shifeta: Tourism revival ongoing

1 day - 27 October 2020 | Business

The latest relaxation of travel controls does not mean the end of the International Tourist Revival Initiative (TRI). This is according to tourism minister Pohamba...

Thousands register for phosphate jobs

1 day - 27 October 2020 | Business

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKNamibian Marine Phosphate has received more than 4 000 registrations within the first two weeks of its job registration drive in preparation for its...

Ndeitunga warns political trolls

1 day - 27 October 2020 | Politics

KENYA KAMBOWERUNDUPolice chief Sebastian Ndeitunga has warned political actors to avoid insulting others or risk facing crimen injuria charges if their opponents open cases against...

We asked young people why...

1 day - 27 October 2020 | Opinion

Joseph IitaTourism is important in Namibia because first of all, it creates employment. Tourism helps with the exchange of cultural assets and backgrounds. And this...

Endless natural wonders of Namibia...

1 day - 27 October 2020 | Columns

Mariselle Stofberg “Take me to Namibia, my soul needs to breathe.” We live in a country that offers us endless natural wonders. The vastness...

Am Weinberg owner to oppose...

1 day - 27 October 2020 | Business

OGONE TLHAGE - Property owner Archie Graham is opposing the liquidation of the Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel and various other businesses owned by him. Bank...

Load More