President's special advisor praises elders

19 Feb 2016 08:00am
OSHAKATI, 19 FEB (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob’s special advisor on elders’ matters, Mukwaita Shanyengana has commended the country’s senior citizens for their contribution to the peace and stability of Namibia.
Shanyengana on Wednesday met a crowd of elders and veterans from all over the Oshana Region in Oshakati, where he said Namibia enjoys peace because of her elders’ wisdom and guidance.
He was delegated by Vice-President Nickey Iyambo to discuss issues and challenges concerning them as elders, as well as the Namibian society as a whole.
Shanyengana told his audience the elders and veterans have given an excellent example of patriotism to the youth and also put Namibia on the world map.
“Let me thank the elders and veterans from the bottom of my heart, on behalf of our President Dr Hage Geingob, for keeping peace in Namibia by accepting the policy of national reconciliation after a bitter liberation war,” he said.
He went on to commend the elders for keeping peace during Namibia’s first elections during 1990 to the most recent in 2015, adding they have fulfilled their duties as per traditional norms and official documents of the ruling party.
“According to the Swapo Party constitution, traditional norms and the constitution of the Swapo Party Elders’ Council, elders are tasked with the function to advise the youth, government, communities and the entire nation as a whole.”
He, however, reminded the elders and veterans that while they will receive praise for all good things happening in Namibia, they will also be blamed for everything that goes wrong in the country.
Elderly people at the meeting suggested that Government start paying a two-thirds retirement package instead of the one-third that retiring public servants are currently receiving from their pension fund.
They also asked that their water and electricity consumption be subsidised by the government or that they receive it free-of-charge.
Shanyengana, who is also the Secretary of the Swapo Party Elders’ Council, on Monday met with pensioners at Outapi in the Omusati Region and on Tuesday at Onhuno in the Ohangwena Region.