We pushed Swapo to elect youth - NEFF

September 3, 2014, 3:21pm

We pushed Swapo to elect youth - NEFF

The Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) says its existence has pushed other political parties, like Swapo, to elect youth to leadership positions.
The NEFF’s comments follow after several young politicians were elected to Swapo’s parliamentary list this past weekend.
These include youthful leaders such as former Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) leader Lucia Iipumbu, 38, Natangwe Iithete, 38, and SPYL deputy secretary Veikko Nekundi, among others.
NEFF spokesperson, who referred to himself as the commissar of communication, Olsen Kahiriri said yesterday: “We are delighted that there are a lot of youth coming up in the leadership of the country.”
He, however, added that this will not deter the NEFF from targeting the votes of both young and old during its election campaign.
He said the formation of the NEFF have pushed political parties to bring youth into national leadership positions. Kahiriri said there are different political parties in the country that had never brought youth to the forefront.
However, after the formation of the NEFF they have done it. In a way we have started to make an impact in the Namibian politics,” he remarked.
He said even if Swapo had now brought in youthful leaders, the NEFF was attracting large numbers of youth.
“The important aspect is that we will drive the youth agenda, so that youth are not just in party structures, but in the economy,” Kahiriri said.
Meanwhile, Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU) President Werner Januarie has joined the NEFF and he is the commissar of transport and social development.
Januarie told Namibian Sun he joined in his personal capacity.
He made it clear that NTTU is not affiliated to the NEFF.
Januarie explained that in accordance with the Namibian Constitution, he has the right to join any political party of his choice.
Januarie, 33, is part of the central command team that runs the NEFF.
Januarie said he was one of the founding members and formed part of the formation of the
NEFF.
He explained that he is not disserting the NTTU.
Namibian Sun reported earlier that the police was investigating Januarie following him threatening to mobilise thugs and gangsters ahead of a taxi strike in June this
year.
Januarie retracted the statement and apologised.
He said a press conference would be held next Wednesday to highlight taxi issues and the lack of the implementation of a parliamentary report dealing with the industry.
He said he has given notice to the police, City Police and the ministries of justice and labour, as well as Parliament, that there will be another taxi demonstration next
month.
He said further details will be divulged at next week’s press conference, to be held at Wernhil Park.

Selma Ikela Namibian Sun