Shebeen owners are killing our young people: Isaack

17 Jul 2016 11:10am
GIBEON, 17 JUL (NAMPA) – Hardap Governor Esme Isaack on Thursday attempted to persuade Gibeon Village Council staff to put their differences aside and to work together in the interest of the local community.
Isaack diverted from her prepared speech during an inaugural ceremony of various development projects at the village to urge councillors and administrators to stop the infighting.
“When elephants fight, the grass suffers,” Isaack quoted the popular proverb, saying the grass represents the community.
“Come to work for your people; don’t come to work to be a hindrance to the development of your community.”
Nampa understands that the council is plagued by differences and power struggles between Chairperson Carolina Garoes and Chief Executive Officer Desiree Theunissen.
“Then you have this division and animosity among council staff,” a source added.
Isaack further asked residents to refrain from uttering negative criticism.
“Stop running to the newspapers by sending SMSs and stop gossiping on Facebook. Nothing is achieved through this; all you do is you air your dirty laundry.”
She said people should instead approach their local or regional representatives to express their grievances.
“Election time is over, families are divided during that time; leave the party politics and return to unite, do not isolate yourself,” Isaack urged.
She also directed the council and the Namibian Police at the village to work together to stamp out alcohol misuse.
“Shebeen owners, you are killing our young people. Do not be vampires who suck the life out of people by selling something that destroys them. Do something better, sell something worthwhile,” she said under a loud applause.
Isaack said that a moratorium was placed on the issuing of liquor licences in the Hardap Region.
“If you want to come and apply, let me tell you that you are wasting your time; no more licences will be issued until we have a hold on this alcohol problem.”
Isaack further told unemployed youth to stand up and do something with their hands instead of fighting elders over their pension money.