Elders are not zombies: Ithete

15 Oct 2015 16:40pm
OSHAKATI, 15 OCT (NAMPA) – The Deputy Minister of Finance, Natangwe Ithete has called on young Namibians to refrain from calling elderly people “zombies”.
Ithete made the call while officially opening the 17th Annual National Youth Enterprise Exposition, which commenced at Oshakati in the Oshana Region on Wednesday.
“You make yourself a zombie by being in the structures that is calling our elders zombies and insulting them on social media,” Ithete said, without referring to a specific group of youth or an incident when young people displayed disrespect towards elders.
A zombie is likened to a dead person “brought back to life” without the ability to speak or move easily.
According to him, young people who disrespect elders wish themselves bad luck and they will never prosper in their lives.
Turning to the issue of the housing backlog the country is facing, Ithete said the government is making efforts to ensure the provision of houses to its people.
He believes many houses have been built in the country and several residential areas have been created in towns and settlements around the country since Independence.
“Those who are saying the government has only provided a few houses over the past 25 years are liars,” Ithete argued.
He, however, admitted that the country is still faced with the challenge of a housing shortage.
The deputy Finance Minister wants to see houses being provided to all Namibians, irrespective of their ages.
“We must call for something that is for all, elders included, and not just for the youth,” Ithete emphasised.
On the Youth Enterprise Expo, Ithete said, it is one of the platforms that allow for young entrepreneurs to learn from one another as they showcase various innovative ideas.
He added that the expo is also a platform where young people are networking on how to tackle challenges such as needy entrepreneurs who have no access to formal credit.
The three-day expo ends on Friday.
The expo had in the past been hosted in the Khomas, Omaheke and Otjozondjupa regions.