Mafwe youth call for employment prioritisation in tobacco project

27 Jun 2019 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 27 JUN (NAMPA) - The Mafwe Youth Forum in Zambezi has called on the Namibia Oriental Tobacco to prioritise the youth in the region when employing people for the project.
The forum has welcomed the project which was approved by Cabinet last month because of its economic benefits.
Speaking to Nampa in an interview on Wednesday, the forum's chairperson, Linus Matongo said the forum is in support of the project because of its employment creation potential and the foreign income that will be generated from the exports of tobacco as well as the contribution it will make to Namibia’s gross domestic product.
“We are supporting it because it is quite a big project and there was no alternative project apart from tobacco, so we can't let it go,” he said.
Cabinet approved the right of leasehold application for the tobacco and maize plantation in the Zambezi Region to the company which received 10 000 hectares of land at Liselo, an irrigation area on the outskirts of Katima Mulilo, from the Liselo and Kasheshe communities.
Matongo said the youth who have been supporting the establishment of the project or are part of the forum should receive first consideration for employment, as should people from the two communities that availed the land.
Namibia Oriental Tobacco and the Mafwe Tribal Authority entered into a leasehold agreement for 90 years since 2015. The agreement includes conditions such as issues of health compliance.