Struggle kids erect tents on B1 Highway

08 Aug 2016 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 08 AUG (NAMPA) – About 300 struggle kids erected tents on the B1 main road between Windhoek and Okahandja on Monday to attract public attention to their demands for Government jobs.
They deliberately placed rocks, tents, road signs and poles in the middle of the national road and blocked traffic flowing in and out of the capital.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) deployed more than 100 armed law-enforcement officers to restore calm, and the officers used teargas to try and disperse the unruly mob.
One of the struggle kids was injured in the scuffle with the police and was rushed to the Katutura State Hospital.
Some of the youth were seen throwing stones at passing vehicles and they also caused extensive damage to several stationary police vehicles.
Traffic had to be redirected to an alternative route to avoid the chaos.
Speaking to Nampa at the scene, one of the struggle kids, Tunelago ya Toivo, said they had attempted to march peacefully along the Okahandja-Windhoek highway.
“We are tired of sleeping in tents. We will continue to do this until the government sees that we are serious and gives us our jobs,” said Ya Toivo.
She said her group has been trying hard to have their problems resolved through dialogue with high-ranking officials such as Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Secretary to Cabinet George Simataa and Swapo Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba, but to no avail.
More than 480 struggle kids live in makeshift structures at the Ndilimani farm outside Windhoek. They do not have access to adequate sanitation, water and accommodation facilities.