Youth leader Mandela Kapere will lead the National Youth Council for another four years because no one else is contesting its executive chairmanship.
Over 250 delegates are currently attending the three-day NYC general assembly that was opened by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila in Katima Mulilo yesterday. Since Kapere’s position will not be contested, delegates will only elect five members who will be part of the NYC board. This after former Swapo Party Youth League leader Job Amupanda opted not to contest.
According to Amupanda, many of the country’s youth wanted him to contest the NYC’s top position because “they are looking for a credible leader to stand up for them as opposed to Zombie Mandela Kapere who claps hands and sings struggle and love songs to secure favours, cakes and potato salad from the political elite”. Amupanda further said: “Because of the above reasons, I hereby wish to make it known that I will not be removing Mandela Kapere and prevent his dreams of ruling the youth for 15 years. It is structurally and tactically unwise for me to enter NYC at this stage. I will remain with the radical movement restoring the dignity of the masses of our people and with the University of Namibia.”
The convention went ahead despite the Minister of Youth, National Service and Sport Jerry Ekandjo advising that the elective meeting should only take place after the National Youth Council Act of 2009 has been amended.
“Since their institution now falls under the public enterprises ministry, I thought it would be best if they postpone their general assembly meeting until their Act is amended, but if the board wants to go ahead then it is okay,” Ekandjo reportedly said during an interview with the Windhoek Observer in October.