NAMIBIA: EMPLOYMENT/NBC/23/8/18 SABANews 1
WINDHOEK – The steadily growing, but alarming, rate of unemployment in NAMIBIA is threatening to disturb the social fabric of the SADC country.
NBC News says a group of jobless graduates petitioned Prime Minister NETUMBO NANDI-NDAITWA ONE month ago over lack of jobs for them and their colleagues nationwide.
It says they are now threatening to occupy the offices of the Premier and the Vice President if they do not get favourable answers to their demands within the next ONE month.
The group says they have given enough time to the government to come up with a solution to national unemployment problems, which its members blame on corruption acts like nepotism.
They say young university graduates are frustrated to see their ambitions shattered because it is virtually impossible to find employment in NAMIBIA.
NBC News says AFFIRMATIVE REPOSITIONING Leader DIMBULUKENI NAUYOMA has addressed the media in the capital, WINDHOEK.
He says his group, aimed mainly to secure land for the poor, is mobilizing transport for more than THREE-THOUSAND youths countrywide to camp at the Prime Minister’s office indefinitely.
He says the authorities collect information each year to plan for the nation, but it appears as though they do not use the figures they gather to come up with solutions to create jobs.
The national broadcaster says the development comes amid reports saying the 2017 rate of unemployment among the NAMIBIAN youths between the ages of 15 and 34 was 43 percent.
It quotes the AFFIRMATIVE REPOSITIONING as saying the country has a total labour force of more than 570-THOUSAND, against more than 200-THOUSAND unemployed young people.
The AFFIRMATIVE REPOSITIONING is a radical movement aimed to improve the socio-economic conditions of urban youths; and it uses social media platforms to mobilise residents to apply for small land titles from municipalities.
JOB AMUPANDA, DIMBULUKWENI NAUYOMA, and GEORGE KAMBALA started the group in NOVEMBER 2014, when they achieved a wave of land applications in WINDHOEK, before spreading to other towns.
The AFFIRMATIVE REPOSITIONING came into being after the THREE men cleared land in the affluent KLEINE KUPPE Suburb of the capital and named it ERF Number 2014.
They cited high rental prices in town and nepotism in the municipality as reasons for their actions, but the authorities declared the move illegal land grabbing.
All the THREE men were in the ruling SWAPO Party Youth League, with AMUPANDA serving as Secretary for Information, Publicity and Mobilisation as well as member of the Executive Committee.
The party Top FOUR at the time, former President HIFIKEPUNYE POHAMBA, then Vice-President HAGE GEINGOB (now President), Secretary-General NANGOLO MBUMBA (now Vice President), and his Deputy LAURA MCLEOD-KATJIRUA fired the trio.
Their court case against SWAPO saw their reinstatement as party members in MAY 2016, but the NAMIBIAN youth group has not stopped applying pressure for better lives for the youth in the country./Sabanews/cam