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Members of the former National Youth Council (NYC) board have been barred from attending a high-level meeting of the Representative Council (RC) this afternoon at the Windhoek Country Club.
This is the latest indication of the deteriorating relationship between the old board, which disbanded early this year under contested circumstances, and the current leadership.
Eagle FM is reliably informed that the former board members had to depart after police were called on them by the chairperson of the RC, J.P Westhuizen whose tenure is said to have expired in September this year.
At the centre of the wrangle is the issue of the old board whose tenure ended after they had asked for an extension to finish their work.
An interim board was set in place to act in their stead while at the same time the line minister, Agness Tjongarero had asked the old board to halt everything due to Covid-19.
Members of the old board said they have not accounted for their tenure and are looking forward to doing so at a General Assembly which is yet to convene.
Former board member and leader of the non-politically affiliated Namibian Federation of Persons with Disabilities, Obern Muluti, said there was no reason for the police to be dispatched on them as they wanted to explain why they were there and understand why they were being kicked out.
“The chairperson of the RC took the mic and said those that were not called out on the roll call should leave. Three former board members were called by name to leave to which we raised our hands to explain why we had attended. We were told not to say anything and the meeting went on a break and the police were called in,” said Muluti.
Muluti who also another apolitical organization, the Namibia Organisation for Youth with Disabilities said he had shown up uninvited because he wanted to follow proceedings on behalf of his organization.
Other old members had shown up out of courtesy, Eagle FM is reliably informed.
Sources close to NYC have lately talked of the organization being riddled with ugly power struggles at whose Centre is the goal to control the youth institution.
The latest scuffle at the NYC is also understood to be yet another example of Swapo members at war against each other ahead of the institutionalization of a new substantive board

Julia Heita

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