Youth parliament speaker condemns xenophobia

30 May 2017 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 30 MAY (NAMPA) – Speaker of the Namibian Children’s Parliament, Norman Ndeuyeeka has condemned acts of xenophobia committed by citizens of some African states against other Africans.
A spate of xenophobic violence in South Africa earlier this year, mostly targeting Nigerians, has prompted retaliatory attacks on South African interests in Abuja, Nigeria since February.
Xenophobic attacks in South Africa became prominent in 2008, with South Africans looting foreign-owned businesses and attacking the people, saying they are the reason for the lack of jobs.
Ndeuyeeka was speaking during a gala dinner in celebration of the 54th Anniversary of the African Union on Monday under the theme ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth’.
He said Africans should jealously guard their freedom and independence.
“Our task as the youth of Africa is to be custodians of this overarching vision and to assess how far we have come as a continent in relation to these noble aims.”
Ndeuyeeka added that African youth should not accept any ideas from outside the continent that might seek to foster an agenda of regime change in any African state.
“We must continue to reject and frown upon unconstitutional replacements of democratically elected governments in our continent, while we totally close the rank for imperialism and neo-colonialism in line with the overarching vision of the AU.”
Ndeuyeeka noted that Africa’s economic renaissance will be attained best through its total economic integration.
“In order to achieve such economic emancipation, Africa needs to continue building on connections of Africans in the diaspora to their roots.”
He urged all African youth to recognise the need to contribute to the continent’s development.
“As the youth of Africa, we all need to call on our leaders to declare war against poverty, diseases, illiteracy, famine and inequality, among others.”
Attendees to the event included First Lady Monica Geingos and Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, who also serves as Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.