Namibia: Youth Pin Hope for Change On Elections

People standing in line at the Erongo Regional office to get their duplicate voter cards.
26 November 2019

YOUTHS in Windhoek say they will vote in tomorrow's presidential and National Assembly elections in the hope of bringing positive changes to their lives.

Speaking to The Namibian yesterday, 22-year-old tourism entrepreneur Alfred Nakanyala said he will be voting to allow more youths to enter the political sphere and ascend to leadership.

"We need more youths to take over leadership. We need a country where there are brighter and fresher minds in charge with new ideas that could improve the country, especially with our infrastructure and our governance system," he reasoned.

Nakanyala added that some of the current laws are outdated, and not everyone is benefiting from them.

Kevin Nakashona (22) said after the elections, he wants to see a government that is more accountable for its actions, especially those regarding corruption.

He said he would also want to see a change and improvement in the public health sector.

"I also want to see a massive improvement in our public health because private healthcare is obviously not accessible to everybody, especially with the poverty and inequality situation that we have," he continued.

Moses Mineetako (23), a photographer who operates from Zoo Park in Windhoek, said he will be voting because the country needs a new president.

"We need change in the country. You see, the country is just going up and down, and things are just being sold out of the country.

We thus need to see how the next president will bring change to our lives," he stated, adding that with a new head of state, areas such as Katutura would be developed more.

Fina Shihanauka (29) said she will vote with the hope that the new government will improve citizens' living conditions and create jobs.

"If things are looking this bad this year, how will it be in the years to come? We do not have jobs, and we are struggling," she lamented.

"We will vote in the hope that the new government will bring change."

Foibe Joseph (22) said she wants the incoming government to fulfil the promises they made during their campaigns.

"I am going to vote because I want those in government to bring change. We want the next person in power to help us, citizens, because we are suffering. People are starving, and the youth do not have work. The president must fulfil the promises to the people and help us," she stressed.

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