Ousted secretary general of the All People’s Party (APP) Vincent Kanyetu plans to take the party to court for defamation, claiming that he is a victim.
This comes after Kanyetu was expelled over the weekend over misconduct allegations, including claims of sexually assaulting the party’s office administrator. However, Kanyetu was not found guilty on that count by the party’s disciplinary committee.
APP national chairperson Linus Muchila yesterday announced Kanyetu’s expulsion, following his resignation on Sunday.
However, Muchila said the party has not received any formal communication on Kanyetu’s resignation, except a letter posted on social media.
“I will take them to court,” he told The Namibian yesterday.
He has also rubbished allegations against him labelling them as “fake”.
“A secretary general should not be in charge of the finances. The blame is coming to me,” he said.
His expulsion was a resolution of the APP’s ordinary national bureau meeting held on Saturday.
“In respect of the evidence [referred to] both orally and in writing during the disciplinary inquiry, the disciplinary committee has reached a conclusion that Kanyetu was reckless or negligent in executing his duties as secretary general of the party and as a consequence thereof is guilty of several major and serious offences as curtailed in the party code of conduct and ethics policy,” Muchila said.
The APP disciplinary committee found Kanyetu guilty of five counts of misconduct, including negligence to perform his duties and failing to keep records of requisitions of loans.
The other allegations against Kanyetu are inciting unlawful conflicts and forming or joining associations or counter parties.
“The disciplinary committee finds Kanyetu guilty of serious negligence for concealing information; deliberate withholding of critical information pertaining to compliance with certain sections of the Electoral Act, Act 5 of 2014,” Muchila said.
The chairperson admitted that Kanyetu’s exit will open the door to more members leaving.
“Of course, he was the secretary general, he commands respect within the party and we cannot rule out that there could be other people that will follow,” Muchila told journalists.