Struggle kids get free water from Swapo after demonstration

13 Nov 2015 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 13 NOV (NAMPA) - The 'children of the liberation struggle' who set up an illegal camp in the bushes near the Swapo Party head office in Katutura, got free water from the party's headquarters after they staged a demonstration Friday morning.
The disgruntled group of about 700 youth, popularly known as the 'struggle kids’, were provided with water after they blocked the entrance of the party's head office.
These members have been getting water from businesses trading nearby over the past two months of their stay there, but these people have stopped giving them water earlier this week.
As a result of this, the young men and women held a sit-in-demonstration at the main entrance of the Swapo office, blocking employees and visitors from entering or exiting the complex.
“We are sick, tired and fed-up of the treatment we get from the majority of the Swapo leaders. We are not treated as human beings by our leaders.
“We are particularly very angry with the Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Jerry Ekandjo who does not care about us or about our problems and grievances. And now, we just want Swapo to give us free water,” said Tunelago Ya-Toivo, who spoke on behalf of the struggle kids during the demonstration.
These youth also took a swipe at members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), who unsuccessfully tried to remove them from the entrance of the office, calling the officers “puppets of the Swapo Party-led government”.
“We do not want to engage in any stone-throwing scuffle with the police. We still feel very bad about the death of our late colleague, Frieda Ndatipo who was shot dead by unknown persons during a stone-throwing battle with the police on 27 August 2014.
“We just want the Swapo leaders to give us water as from today onwards until our last day of staying at this camp,” shouted the demonstrating struggle kids.
The demonstration was brought to a peaceful end after the arrival of Martin Neumbo, the leader of the group, who had in the meantime negotiated for water with the Swapo officials.
“Please, let us not continue with the demonstration anymore. We are now being allowed to get water from the Swapo office. A tap and pipes are being provided to us for water.
“An official from the Namibian Government is also scheduled to address us in respect of our demands for job opportunities here on Saturday at about 13h00. Please, let us not make our situation more difficult with this demonstration,” said Neumbo.
As a result, the demonstrating struggle kids started dispersing.
When Nampa left the Swapo headquarters at about 09h37 on Friday morning, the struggle kids had formed a long queue outside the building to get water.
The group set up the illegal camp along Leonard Auala and Hans-Dietrich Genscher streets in Katutura after arriving in the capital from different parts of the country two months ago.
They are demanding job opportunities in the Government Ministries and State-owned institutions.
The majority of their parents and relatives died during Namibia's liberation struggle against the then South African apartheid colonial administration.