Struggle kids vote after promised jobs next month

28 Nov 2014 19:00pm

WINDHOEK, 28 NOV (NAMPA) - Despite threats that some ?children of the liberation struggle? will not vote and instead demonstrate on election day, many made a U-turn and voted on Friday. They voted after being promised that they will get jobs in December this year. The group of 39 'struggle kids', who are still camping at the Omhito village near Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region, promised to demonstrate on election day if not granted jobs before the Presidential and National Assembly elections underway countrywide today. Spokesperson of the group, Johannes Nghilifilwa told Nampa on Friday that Namibian Exile Kids Association (NEKA) chairperson Benitha Nakaambo informed them that they should not demonstrate, because they will get jobs next month. He said they also retracted their planned action after they met with regional governor Usko Nghaamwa, as well as Swapo Party Councillor for the Eenhana Constituency Nehemia Haufiku and Swapo regional coordinator in Ohangwena Region, Hafeni Hatutale two days ago. The Swapo leaders asked the youngsters not to demonstrate. Meanwhile, the Windhoek-based struggle kids who are camping along Monte Christo Service Road, also voted. The group's spokesperson, Kaptein Erastus told Nampa that they are eager to vote for change and a better future. They queued up since 04h00 to vote. He said the children no longer want to be called 'poor' by the Swapo elite, in reference to Swapo Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba who recently called Swapo supporters poor. ?We are expecting new blood in Parliament to bring change, together with the incoming president. We would also like to see more job opportunities, youth unemployment, education opportunities for the under-privileged and the implementation of poverty reduction, and not just talk,? said Erastus. (NAMPA) ANS/ND