Respect of human rights key to peace and stability: Ithete

13 Dec 2017 12:30pm
PYAMUKUU, 13 DEC (NAMPA) – Finance Deputy Minister Natangwe Ithete says respect of rights and rule of law is key to maintenance of peace and stability which is a perquisite for sustainable economic development.
He said this whilst addressing a belated International Human Rights Day commemoration by the Ogongo community at Pyamukuu village in the Omusati Region on Monday.
“For our country’s economy to grow, we ought to create an environment where our people’s rights are respected, because only then will they be able to carry out their responsibility of nation building,” Ithete cited.
He wants to see Namibian people standing up for their rights and especially for the rights of the weak and vulnerable citizens in their respective communities.
Ithete believes that Namibian laws are human rights-friendly, hence even prisoners are afforded the basic needs such as shelter, food and water.
He also called on all Namibians to emulate the “good deeds” of fellow Namibians, who during the liberation war, selflessly sacrificed their lives for national freedom of speech, movement and other human rights as enjoyed in the country today.
Ithete at the same time expressed concern that the Pyamkuu area is facing serious road access problems, leading to the closing of local schools as a result of flooding during rainy seasons.
Pyamukuu is situated between the Oshakati-Outapi and Oshakati-Okahao main roads, but without reliable roads to connect the area to the said two main roads.
Community members told Nampa on the sidelines of the commemoration that local schools such as Oluteyi, Pyamukuu, Eendombe and Iipanda often close during heavy rains.
Ithete urged all Namibians to come out for the rescue of the people of Pyamukuu.
“Government cannot do it alone, it needs you and me to pull together and assist,” Ithete emphasised.