Swapo condemns struggle kids' violent protest

10 Aug 2016 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 10 AUG (NAMPA) – The Swapo Party is “perplexed and disappointed in” the recent incidents at Brakwater, involving the 'children of the liberation struggle' who blocked public roads, vandalised property and damaged police vehicles.
Swapo Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba said in a media statement issued on Wednesday the party will not tolerate such behaviour from the group.
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.
The struggle kids have been demanding jobs from Government since 2009. Some have received employment while efforts are underway to absorb others in ministries and state-owned enterprises.
About 150 are currently receiving state-sponsored training in various fields in the Otjozondjupa and Omaheke regions.
Mbumba said the “unfortunate and unruly behaviour” of the struggle kids comes at a time when government is busy with programmes to relocate them to identified locations like Farm Berg Aukas where they can be trained, prepared for possible induction into employment in different sectors and receive an allowance to sustain them during the training.
He added that government's efforts are being frustrated by some 'children of the liberation struggle' who have been rejecting government offers and threatening those who want to go for training.
“We fail to understand the logic behind demanding jobs while refusing to be quickly trained and prepared so one can secure the job you are so much looking for,” Mbumba stated.
He cautioned that those found to be instigating struggle kids to reject Government programmes and encouraging them to be violent, will face the full wrath of the law.
The Swapo SG also cautioned that resorting to confrontational forms of protest and violent demonstration can only lead to destruction of properties, lawlessness or loss of lives.
He urged law enforcement agencies to do their job without hindrance to rescue motorists and residents being held hostage by those who do not want law and order to prevail on society.
Mbumba indicated that in total there are over 270 struggle kids at Farm Berg Aukas where they are being trained in various fields.