THE Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) has urged the Namibian government to "seriously and impenitently" consider inviting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to Namibia for a state visit "to share strategies and tactics on how to bring about state direct development" following his victory at the presidential polls on Sunday.
Chavez defeated the Venezuelan unified opposition parties and will serve as president of the south American country for the next six years.
"It is President Chavez's socialist revolution that inspires us for our own preamble of the SPYL constitution which calls upon us to champion equality based on the principles scientific socialism. While our resources are being exploited by and for the benefit of those with historical record of blood of our people, President Chavez has used the oil to provide free health care, free education, industrialisation and many other social benefits for the people of Venezuela," the SPYL said in a press release this week.
In addition, the SPYL said that Chavez had proven that the only way to bring development was through "state directed development".
"With privatisation beginning to show its ugly face in our national policy making, signified by the failed Telecom-related privatisation attempt, Namibia needs to speedily associate and draw inspiration from Venezuela in order to deepen state directed development and curb tendencies of privatisation," it said.