Youth urged not to join politics for money

16 Nov 2017 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 16 NOV (NAMPA) - The youth should refrain from joining politics for economic success, African Union Youth Club (AUYC) Namibia information and publicity officer, Norman Ndeuyeka has said.
Speaking at the launch of the AUYC here on Wednesday, Ndeuyeka cautioned that the youth should be politically conscious and should join politics when economically independent, so as to enable them to make independent decisions.
“We have some youth that want to be part of the youth leagues because later on they want to influence decisions that will satisfy themselves economically, but that should not be us shaping Namibia and Africa in that way,” stressed Ndeuyeka.
He said that, as per the African Charter of attaining Agenda 2063 titled ‘The Africa We Want’, the youth should join politics with the mandate to serve others through solidarity and inclusivity to shape Namibia and Africa at large.
Ndeuyeka further called on the youth to refrain from political fights of seniors as some of them are using young people to fight their own battles and in the process, lose focus on young people’s issues.
“The youth is busy fighting battles that are not theirs. Each generation has its own fight, for us as youth is to champion unemployment, government policies that are not inclusive, and poverty, amongst others,” he said.
In a speech read on her behalf at the same event, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said by entrusting the future of Africa in the capable hands of the youth, the continent has placed a heavy responsibility on young people.
Their resilience should lead them to be active participants in Africa’s development programmes, she urged.
“Young people should play a fundamental role in the peace processes, conflict prevention and mediation on the continent in order to achieve lasting peace, stability and sustainable socio-economic development,” said Nandi-Ndaitwah.
The AUYC was launched in Johannesburg on 16 June 2017 by the African Union Southern Africa Regional Office with the aim of reinforcing and consolidating efforts to empower young people through meaningful youth participation and equal partnership in driving Africa’s development Agenda 2063.
The club has thus far been launched in 10 African countries.