19 February 2013

Namibia: Mbumba Blasts 'struggle Kids'

Windhoek — The Swapo Party Poliburo has expressed its displeasure with the manners and attitudes displayed by the 'struggle kids' camped outside the ruling party headquarters and other places around the country.

Swapo Secretary General (SG) Nangolo Mbumba expressed his disapproval of their behaviour at a media briefing on the outcome of the Swapo Party Politburo meeting held yesterday.

Mbumba had no kind words for the group of about 180 children of the liberation struggle who have since early this month been camping in the bush along the main road at the Swapo Party head office after footing for about 800 kilometres from the north to Windhoek.

The group have vowed that nothing would move them from camping at the Swapo Party headquarters until government accedes to their demand for jobs.

Mbumba said the Politburo felt it is utterly unfair and unacceptable that a group of young people who happened to be born outside the country during the war of liberation should demand special treatment.

"The government represents all the people, no matter where they were born and by whom. The Swapo Party government cannot discriminate against other young people of our country just because they were born here inside the country and by parents who remained inside the country," he lashed out.

Further, the Politburo resolved that the 'struggle kids' camping around the country and demanding jobs must return to their homes.

He said the government would do everything in its power to create jobs for all but none is special so as to deserve special treatment over other Namibians.

The Politburo is tasked with implementing the decisions and directives of the Central Committee. It discussed the records of the fifth Swapo Party Congress, held from November 29 to December 2, 2012. It directed the office of the SG to communicate each and every resolution to the relevant body for implementation. The meeting also approved the new list of national leaders assigned to the regions.

The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa, has been deployed to the Caprivi, Member of Parliament Ben Amathila is assigned to the Erongo Region and Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister, Bernard Esau, will handle the Hardap Region.

The Minister of Home Affairs Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana is deployed to the Karas Region, Deputy Prime Minister Marco Hausiku goes to Kavango, Khomas will be run by Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, while Charles Namoloh who is now the Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Minister will oversee Kunene North.

Kunene South will be handled by Lands and Resettlement Minister Alpheus !Naruseb. Works and Transport Minister Erkki Nghimtina will supervise Ohangwena Region, and Omaheke Region will be run by Immanuel Ngatjizeko, the Minister of Safety and Security.

Minister of Presidential Affairs Albert Kawana has been delegated to supervise Omusati Region, while Finance Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amathila is the head of Oshana Region and Dr Nickey Iyambo Veterans Affairs Minister will oversee the Oshikoto Region.

Former prime minister Nahas Angula who is now the Defence Minister will oversee Otjozondjupa Region. Two areas were specially proposed, namely Tsumkwe whose chairperson will be Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Tjekero Tweya, and the other one is Omatako to be run by former minister of youth national service sport and culture, Kazenambo Kazenambo.

The next Central Committee meeting will be held on March 15-17.

The Politburo also lifted the suspension of Linea Shaetonhodi who was suspended for alleged disloyalty towards the Swapo Party and its organs.

"The suspension was ambiguous as there were no charges brought against her. It is for this reason that the Political Bureau resolved to reiterate its earlier decision that this suspension is lifted and comrade Shaetonhodi is free to participate in the party activities, as she has always been doing," said Mbumba.

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