WINDHOEK – Namibia National Student Organiasation (Nanso) President Timoteus Angala will not stand for re-election to lead the student movement for another term, with sources saying he plans to challenge the position of National Youth Council (NYC) executive chairman’s position.
It is said that Angala is preparing to challenge current NYC Executive Chairman Mandela Kapere at council’s general assembly slated for later this year.
Although the sources claim that Nanso’s national executive committee wants Angala to succeed Kapere, this could not be verified as its secretary general Sharonice Busch failed to provide New Era with answers to several questions posed to her as promised.
Angala refused to comment on the matter, but confirmed that he will not stand for re-election at Nanso.
The student movement allegedly took a decision endorsing Angala as its NYC’s preferred candidate on January 20 during its first national executive committee meeting for the year.
Angala’s term as Nanso president comes to an end this weekend when the student body hold its congress. sources within the youth movement have alerted New Era that Angala will not be available for re-election as president because of the plot to challenge Kapere for the NYC top seat.
Kapere has been at the helm of NYC for close to a decade now.
Nanso Secretary General, Sharonice Busch, Wilhelm Wilhelm and Stanley Kavetu are apparently in the running to succeed Angala at Nanso.
Kavetu yesterday distanced himself from speculations that he will contest for Nanso’s top seat, saying: “I have full confidence in my vice-president [Wilhelm Wilhelm] to succeed Angala.”
Nanso, as the biggest affiliate of the NYC, has great influence in the dynamics of NYCs internal elections.
During the previous NYC general assembly, Kapere retained his seat following full backing from SPYL and Nanso – two institutions that have seemingly turned their backs on him.
Speculations are rife that Kapere might be appointed as a regional governor for one of the five regions who will as from March 21 be without a political head.
New Era unsuccessfully tried to get hold of Kapere as his mobile phone went unanswered, neither did he respond to a message forwarded to him.
– Additional reporting by Nampa