The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: Youth League Wants Nujoma Statue in Centre of Windhoek

A PROPOSAL to erect a statue of former President Sam Nujoma in the centre of Windhoek will be tabled at the Swapo Party Youth Leagues's (SPYL) Hardap regional executive to be held early next year.

"The idea has been within the youth league for a long time," said Benedick Louw, a spokesperson for the SPYL in the Karas Region, adding that they will follow the procedure until the proposal goes to the youth wing's central committee and national executive committee.

Asked about the possible criticism the proposal might attract, Louw said, "People will always talk. That will be a small fraction. This is not something we just came up with."

SPYL spokesperson Job Amupanda told The Namibian that he had been informed informally about the proposal, but he said people should allow the process of consultation to take place.

"We will be able to make a decision after we are informed by them, with a motivation. Whether it's a good or bad idea, we will wait for them to brief us. Naturally we don't see anything wrong," he added.

The ruling party's youth league national executive was accused this year of making decisions without consulting its members.

"We support any idea from our structures. We must not cancel out ideas of young people while they are still discussing them," Amupanda said.

He said people can see more implementation of resolutions starting from next year as they will embark on various programmes and events.

The Reiterdenkmal, a bronze statue of a German cavalryman, was removed to make way for the new Independence Museum in Windhoek. In August, Cabinet was in the final stages of preparations to erect a statue of Nujoma in front of the new museum.

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