14 February 2013

Namibia: Kuaima Riruako Still in Nudo Driving Seat

KUAIMA Riruako held on to the position of president of the National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) for the next five years after the party's congress earlier this month.

Riruako has been the leader of the organisation since its inception, and retained the position unopposed.

The other top positions went to the director of elections at the congress, Asser Mbai (deputy president), Hariki Heinz Maundu (national chairperson), Ruth Kanguatjivi (deputy national chairperson), Meundju Jahanika (secretary general), Vetaruhe Kandorozu (deputy secretary general), Vehonga Kaijere (national treasurer), Uaraa Uapingene (deputy national treasurer), and Koos Kauta (deputy national treasurer).

The organisation further elected 25 other office bearers.

Nudo resolved at its congress to urge the Ministry of Education also to provide free hostel accommodation after the ministry's announcement at the beginning of the year that it would implement the policy of free primary education.

It said it would table a motion in Parliament this year that free education should be provided up to Grade 12.

A request will also be made to the ministry for the construction of more schools to accommodate more children.

The party further denounced Government's decision to reserve certain entry-level government jobs for the so-called 'struggle kids' while unemployment is so pervasive, saying the government should create jobs for all citizens, especially Unam and Polytechnic graduates.

The Nudo congress also said it would request the government to support the Basic Income Grant (BIG) proposal "to prevent people going to dustbins".

"Some HIV-affected people are in need of food and this programme will be an answer to these poor people," the party stated.

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