Neka - struggle kids tug-of-war lingers on

19 Nov 2015 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 19 NOV (NAMPA) – The infighting amongst the 'children of the liberation struggle' caused division within the group, as two separate factions have emerged.
One faction is loyal to the Namibian Exile Kids Association (Neka), while the other group has opted to withdraw its membership from the association.
The group supporting Neka has camped on an open space near the Swapo Party Headquarters. The opposing faction remains camped inside the premises of the Swapo Office.
A meeting between the 'children of the liberation struggle' and Neka leadership on Saturday, aimed at addressing unemployment amongst the group, failed to reach consensus after it veered off the rails and turned violent.
The group loyal to Neka is now claiming that it was misled by a certain leader of the opposing faction into believing that the Saturday meeting was meant at allocating them with employment appointment letters for jobs in the civil service.
The group, consisting of about 400 'struggle kids, as they are also known, told Nampa upon receiving their membership cards at the Katutura Police Station on Wednesday that a certain group leader, Martin Neumbo had instigated them against Neka.
According to them, Neumbo told them that Neka has arranged with two different ministries to give them jobs, which turned out not to be true.
The group noted that it has as such distanced itself from the other faction and is relying on Neka to assist it in any way possible.
Neka President, Benita Naakambo said the meeting was intended to be a consultative platform on their struggle for employment, but Martin Neumbo allegedly disseminated wrong information to group members.
“There is a young leader who is giving wrong information to others. We told him to organize a group of one hundred members for the meeting but he instead told all the members that they were all invited for the meeting to be given their employment letters,” she said.
Approached for comment, Martin Neumbo refused to talk to this agency until he has held a meeting with all the group members.