We want to cooperate with govt: Struggle kids

11 Jun 2016 17:40pm
OKANDJENGEDI, 11 JUN (NAMPA) – About 145 ‘struggle kids’ who did not join the march to Windhoek say they do not want to cause tension between the government and themselves.
Speaking on behalf of the group that is still camped at the Swapo-party headquarters at Okandjengedi, Ndilipunye Hainyanyula said no one was forced to go.
About 100 'struggle kids' from Oshakati; 17 from Rundu and 12 from Grootfontein on Tuesday started marching to the capital in protest of alleged unfair treatment they have been receiving from the Swapo leadership in Windhoek and to seek answers to their demands for employment.
They arrived in the capital on Friday and will meet with the Swapo leadership on Monday.
According to Hainyanyula, the group who decided to stay behind felt it was best to wait and be patient for the government’s responses as instructed by Swapo Secretary General Nangolo Mbumba last Friday.
“The initial plan was only to march in protest of answers from the government if the SG had not addressed us as he promised during the meeting on 12 May. However, he kept his promise and even though the responses he had for us were not as satisfactory, some of us felt it was enough and therefore we saw no point in marching to Windhoek for the same answers,” he said.
The group’s spokesperson noted that they want to cooperate with government as they had already been assured that the government is busy preparing employment for them. He said there was no point in pestering anyone shortly after they have been addressed.
“I believe that when the government has additional answers they will inform us, just as they promised to do, so we are going to stay put,” Hainyanyula said.
He however added that regardless of the different views on the issue, the groups will remain united and they will take any other decisions together as a group as they are all seeking the same benefits.
“We have been in contact since they left on Tuesday and we have been communicating on certain issues. They even let us know that they arrived safely to Windhoek and we were glad to hear that,” he said.
Hainyanyula however urged the government to speed up the job placement process, saying they are tired of camping at a place that is not home.
“We have been here since last September and we are tired now. We would like to start making a living. We have suffered enough and if the government could just speed up the process of allocating us the employment they promised us, that would be of so much help,” he said.