27 March 2013

Namibia: NEKA Asks Geingob to Be Specific

IN a letter to Prime Minister Hage Geingob yesterday, Namibian Exile Kids Association (Neka) chairperson Benitha Nakaambo asked him to be specific about when and how the government plans to address the plight of the children of the liberation struggle.

The association also said it has in the meantime called off the national demonstration it threatened the government with a week ago as it is "willing to engage the government to address the issues of the children of the liberation struggle amicably".

Neka's response to Geingob came a few days after Geingob, in a letter to Nakaambo, asked that the association give the government the "necessary time to solve the plight of all of Namibia's youth".

"The generalised letter we received says nothing about when, how and where action will be taken. It doesn't say anything different from what government has said four years ago. We would feel better as an organisation and as individuals who have been tasked to do this, if the State can specify on the time period and the strategy that they envisage to take," Nakaambo said.

A week ago, Neka complained that Geingob was "unresponsive" towards the struggle children's demands to be given jobs.The association also wants to know from Geingob whether the recruitment committee, which was established during former Prime Minister Nahas Angula's tenure to facilitate job allocation for the 'struggle kids', is still active.

"We would like to know if the recruitment committee will proceed with its business as usual. The way forward is that we have informed our members that the national strike is called off as we are busy engaging with the State and Swapo Party on the way forward. We therefore request your office to grant us [a] courtesy visit to come and discuss the way forward," Nakaambo said.

Meanwhile, Nakaambo has distanced herself and the whole Neka association from a letter written by vice chairperson Magongo Iipinge. She said Iipinge's letter was written and distributed without her knowledge and consent, or that of Neka general secretary Rauna Amutati, which fuelled rumours that there is division within the association.

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