Discontent Keetmans Unemployed Youth call for PM audience

24 Nov 2018 11:30am
KEETMANSHOOP, 24 NOV (NAMPA) – About 60 unemployed youth who have erected a tent in front of the //Kharas Regional Governor’s office on Friday vowed to remain where they are until they see the Prime Minister (PM), Saraa Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.

According to the group, which identified itself as the ‘Discontent Keetmanshoop Unemployed Youth’, at press briefing on Friday, they need clarity from government about issues of concern to them.

In a statement read by one of its members, Joseph Isaacks, the group urged the PM to avail herself and to listen to their plight.

“We too are citizen of this country and every one of us are eligible and entitled to the job opportunities that are available. Our situation and circumstances vary and all our circumstances are detrimental and need the attention of the Government,” he said.

On the 12 November the group held a peaceful demonstration against the appointment of ‘struggle kids’ in Government jobs at the southern town and handed over a petition to //Kharas Governor, Lucia Basson.

In their petition, the group demanded that the decision to recruit the ‘struggle kids’ be withdrawn and that locals be duly considered for those vacancies. They also demanded that the Cabinet resolution on appointments be reversed with immediate effect and that all ‘struggle kids’ employed in Keetmanshoop and within the //Kharas Region vacate those positions before 19 November 2018.

On Tuesday, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila responded to the group’s petition but the group claim that none of their demand was met, after which they decided to protest and camp in front of the Governor’s office until their demands are met.

Isaacks said that the PM told them about the plight of the ‘struggle kids’ and that the government has to attend to them and informed them of programs that government has rolled out and initiated with private partners and urged them to make use of those.

“It appears that the PM was not interested in our demands and only reply what she thinks we need. Our demands are still applicable and explicit that we the unemployed youth of the region should first be considered before others are employed,” Isaacks said.

He further said it is enough that they endure exploitation at the hands of their own elected government and that ‘struggle kids’ are preferred beyond their circumstances.

“We regard the resolution of the cabinet as super imposition and disregard of their own political structure. We want reversal of this uncalled [for] decision and demand [our] immediate appointment. We need jobs. We need employment. We need equal treatment and we condemn preferential treatment,” he concluded.