UPDATE: Struggle kids block B1 road

21 Mar 2017 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 21 MAR (NAMPA) – About 300 ‘children of the liberation struggle’ on Tuesday blocked the B1 road outside Windhoek, demanding money from people driving by.
The group spokesperson, Tuhafeni Nhinda told Nampa at the scene they decided to block the road as from 07h00 as a way to remember their parents who died during the liberation struggle.
“We do not feel that we are independent because we are here like slaves, so we decided to go out and remind people that we are still here,” he said.
Nhinda said development in Namibia such as road infrastructure is a result of their parents’ blood which was shed, but they are still not recognised.
A Namibian Police Force (NamPol) officer on the scene told Nampa the group had women standing in front of cars while the men demanded money or food from the motorists.
NamPol officers attempted to remove them using rubber bullets, which sent many seeking cover on the Swapo farm while others headed towards the Mix Settlement.
Two people sustained minor injuries in the scuffle.
They were later addressed by NamPol’s Crime Investigations Coordinator for the Khomas Region, Deputy Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa, who advised them to celebrate Independence Day in an orderly manner.
He said their presence on the national road is not acceptable.
“The road is used by different people with different aims or agendas, thus anything can happen to you and that is not what we want,” he said.
The group agreed to return to the farm were they have been camping for more than a year now and wait for their meeting with the Swapo leadership on 29 March 2017.
After initially refusing training, they are now saying they will attend training but want it reduced from six to two months.
They however want to attend the training at the same time even if they are sent to different training facilities and want the government to guarantee employment once they complete it.
Meanwhile, the struggle kids camped at Ondangwa in the Oshana Region on Tuesday said they feel left out of the independence celebrations which are being held at Rundu.
The group who are now camped opposite the Ruben Danger Ashipala Police Training Centre and who say they are waiting for the government to provide them with employment, said they would have liked to have transport provided for them.
Speaking to this news agency, the group's spokesperson Jonas Shikulo said they feel as if they have been forgotten.
“We are being left out of everything… It is as if people have forgotten that we are the children of the people who fought for the freedom of this country,” Shikulo said.
He said it would have been a great opportunity for them to remember their parents and to meet President Hage Geingob to speak to him about their problems.
(NAMPA)
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