SPYL welcomes public enterprise ministry’s dissolution

The ruling party’s youth wing used a committee meeting over the weekend to improve its strategic approach to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the party election manifesto and service delivery manifesto.

02 December 2021 | Politics

ESTER KAMATI







WINDHOEK

The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL), which convened in Grootfontein over the weekend for its third ordinary committee meeting, has applauded government for dissolving the ministry of public enterprises, which is led by Minister Leon Jooste.

The ministry is set to be terminated next year and be converted into a directorate under the finance ministry. Namibian Sun reported last month that the ministry would phase out in three to four months.

Jooste said the ministry had created sound governance systems for public entities to implement.

At the meeting, SPYL further relieved its secretary for labour and justice Tuyeni-Konika Kandume and economic affairs secretary Marius Sheya of their duties on the national executive committee. Kandume and Sheya, however, still remain members of the youth wing’s central committee.

The SPYL central committee also resolved to establish a committee to review the implementation of the sixth SPYL congress resolutions and prepare a progress report.

Fulfil the manifesto

Additionally, the youth wing used the gathering to improve its strategic approach to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the party election manifesto and service delivery manifesto.

“Our constituents expect more from us, but perhaps this is not coming,” SPYL secretary Ephraim Nekongo said.

“We have gone to their offices demanding for the fulfilment of the Swapo Party manifestos. We are not begging. We are just demanding the fulfilment of the manifesto of the Swapo Party.

“We do not see anything in the Swapo Party manifesto that says we must liquidate our state-owned enterprises [SOEs]. We must better the SOEs to provide bread and butter to our people,” he said.

“It’s a call to all comrades who have been deployed to serve in government and public enterprise to ensure that the Swapo Party manifesto, Vision 2030 and Harambee Prosperity Plan are implemented without fail. Service delivery is very critical in maintaining the trust and faith of our people who have voted for us.”

At the same meeting, the SPYL central committee elected Willem Amutenya as its labour and justice secretary and Gert Titus as secretary for economic affairs.

Swapo secretary-general Sophia Shaningwa referred to the youth as the most vulnerable in the political landscape and urged the SPYL to devise mechanisms to remain relevant.

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