Swapo elders condemn youth league members’ behaviour

31 Jan 2019 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 31 JAN (NAMPA) – The Swapo Party Elders’ Council (SPEC) said it is disturbed by the improper behaviour of some of the party youth league members who use inappropriate language towards elders and other people on various media platforms.
SPEC secretary Mukwaita Shanyengana issued a press statement Wednesday outlining his New Year massage, and said the youth’s behaviour is unacceptable.
Shanyengana said he wished young people could use their acquired skills to improve the economic situation in the country and not resort to hate speech and insulting elders.
“We wish that our youth will use their education skills like the PhD degrees and others to tirelessly research on the much-needed industries of manufacturing, skills transfer and value addition to our raw materials to counter the economic challenges,” said Shanyengana.
He said the party cannot entertain “entrepreneurs of derogatory behaviours, divide and rule, swearing at elders and other people as if the party mandated them to do so”.
“Elders and other people are not the real enemy but most of the time are people with well-deserved experience and who want to transfer that wisdom and accountability with the blessings of good discipline and mutual respect for others,” explained Shanyengana.
He added that Swapo members should conduct party business in line with the party constitution organs, structures, rules and regulations because the party is bigger than an individual.
He said unity is the only thing that can take the party through political, economic and social challenges, sharing that “the recipe for unity is discipline with mutual respect, exclusivity, tolerance and integrity”.
“People should distinguish between democracy, discipline and accountability whilst respecting the rights of other citizens with limitation, as per the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia,” stressed Shanyengana.
He further noted that all elders are expected to continue giving guidance and advice to the youth as part of their obligation to mould them as future leaders.
Shanyengana is also the Special Advisor to the Vice President on elders, veterans, marginalised communities and the disabled.