The youth can change this country: Kandetu

19 Mar 2019 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 19 MAR (NAMPA) – Secretary to the National Assembly, Lydia Kandetu is of the view that it is only young and radical Namibians that can turn around the country’s fortunes by addressing the pertinent issues faced by most of them.
Kandetu made these remarks in an interview with Nampa on Monday, shortly after officially accepting and signing the Regulation of Land Ownership by Foreign Nationals Bill.
The Bill was handed over to Kandetu by the activist and lawyer, Stanley Kavetu.
It was the first time that ordinary Namibians submitted a Bill for tabling in the National Assembly apart from elected Parliamentarians in the 29 years of the country’s independence, according to Kandetu.
“I think it’s a very good move especially coming from young people; the leaders of tomorrow. I have told them to keep up because it is only them that can change this country if they think tomorrow belongs to them,” Kandetu opined.
Speaking to Nampa shortly after the Bills signing ceremony, Kavetu said as activists, they are exploring all legal avenues to ensure that the dignity of the masses is restored.
“The activist is just trying to exhaust all the avenues. Just so that one day when we run out of patience and their frustrations take over, they just grab land, what they (politicians) regard as lawlessness. By then, they can stand up and say we were left with no choice,” he said.
He said lawmakers can be fast and effective in promulgating laws, especially when it benefits them.
“We know that when they want to get something done, they can do it the same way they amended that constitution to make provision for the position of Vice President which happened within weeks,” he said, adding that the same zeal and urgency should preoccupy politicians when dealing with the land Bill.
The Bill, if passed into law, seeks to provide for the regulation of foreign land ownership, regulate the right to acquire property by persons who are not Namibians, to give power, control and ownership of land in Namibia to the people of Namibia.