Namibian politicians dominate everything in the country: Job

06 Dec 2014 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 06 DEC (NAMPA) – “Namibia's black middle-class sold out the struggle for economic liberation for a plate of curry,” youth activist Job Amupanda says.
This excerpt is from his book launched here on Friday evening.
Hundreds of young people filled the Arts Gallery of Namibia to the brim to witness the introduction of Amupanda’s book titled ‘Truth Is Truth: Selected Works of an Activist'.
Managing Editor of New Era Publications, Toivo Ndjembela, who was the guest speaker at the event, described Amupanda as hardworking and a revolutionary who is always eager to help other young people better their living conditions and to fight against the social evils of inequality, unequal distribution of Namibia's natural resources, poverty and hunger in the country.
Prominent Windhoek-based defence lawyer, Sisa Namandje spoke extensively on the legal perspectives in connection with Amupanda's book.
Amupanda, who was recently suspended as a member of the Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL), gave a brief account of the daily challenges and other related matters Namibian youth face, which inspired him to write the book.
The 160-page book is available at local bookshops for N.dollars 200.
In the book, Amupanda mentioned how he was monitored by his party to the point that Prime Minister and now President-elect Hage Geingob discussed his Facebook posts in the National Assembly last year.
He further writes about a culture of fear and “seeing, saying and doing nothing”, which he says is rampant in Namibia.
Amupanda states that Namibian politicians dominate everything in the country.
“They are in Parliament, business, traditional leadership and everywhere. This ‘everywhereness’ scares the citizens, ‘who can be dealt with’ everywhere by politicians,” reads the book.
Amupanda claims that Namibia's older generation feels threatened “on account of an open demand for generational transition”.
He writes that Namibians who are responsible for addressing the challenges facing the youth hide their failures by blaming young people for drinking too much and spending too much on entertainment.
Amupanda was born on 28 August 1987 in the Omaalala village of the Oshana Region.
He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies and History from the University of Namibia, and an Honours and Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He is currently busy with his doctoral studies.
He has written more than 250 newspaper articles in both local and international media, and held many leadership positions in both Namibia and South Africa.
Upon completing his master’s degree, he went back to his village, where he stayed for a year and established the Omaalala Youth Development Club.
In 2012, he was voted number one to the SPYL’s Central Committee, where he later got elected onto the league’s National Executive Committee as spokesperson.
In October 2014, he collected more than 2 000 library books for the Uukule Secondary School as part of his many campaigns as a community mobiliser.
He is currently a Quality Assurance Coordinator for the Centre for Quality Assurance and Management at the University of Namibia, where he also teaches politics on a part-time basis.
Amupanda also serves on the Council of the Namibia Qualifications Authority as chairperson of its Qualifications Committee, as well as on the National Heritage Council as chairperson of its Evaluations Committee.
He is an alternate member of the National Examinations, Assessment and Certification Board, and also serves on the board of the Namibia Youth Credit Scheme.
Amupanda’s suspension follows after he and fellow youth - Dhimbulukweni Nauyoma and George Kambala - forcefully cleared a piece land in Windhoek’s affluent Klein Kuppe suburb in November 2014 without municipal authorisation in a bid to demonstrate against perceived unfair allocation of land in the capital.
The trio did so under the banner of “Affirmative Repositioning”.