15 Jul 2013 10:10
GOBABIS, 15 JUL (NAMPA) - The Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Council (NYC) Mandela Kapere has rapped the NYC over the knuckles for ?not living up to its potential over the past 10 years?.
The youth leader said the youth umbrella body has not managed to clearly demonstrate its role in the youth development spheres.
Kapere was addressing NYC leaders during the just-ended second Representative Council meeting here on Friday, held under the theme ?Towards an Integrated Multi-Sectoral Youth Development Framework in Namibia by 2015?.
He castigated them for being ?a lacklustre organisation with weak members, a less than optimistic secretariat and no clear articulation of the youth dimension in the country?.
He furthermore attributed the dismal performance of the NYC to ?destructive vices such as petty politics, rivalry and disunity?, which he said is an indirect result of the pluralistic and broad membership of the organisation.
The NYC leadership, however, were patted on the shoulder for having made considerable strides in certain areas of operation, such as in the micro-finance department.
Many youths managed to start small businesses through micro-loans and grants administered by the NYC.
?The NYC has assisted a number of youths to have an income through the operation of their businesses. With the little money awarded to them, they have turned into budding entrepreneurs, and have a steady flow of income through such businesses,? Kapere indicated.
The youth body has also made huge inroads in spreading the message regarding HIV and AIDS through various programmes administered by the organisation.
According to Kapere, the youth movement is testament to the fact that young people, when given the opportunity, can manage their own affairs.
He further paid tribute to former NYC Secretary-Generals, amongst them the Deputy Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture Juliet Kavetuna; and political analyst and academic Phanuel Kaapama, whom Kapere referred to as being the founding father of the NYC.