Group of 39 children of liberation struggle planning to demonstrate on election day

EENHANA: A group of 39 ‘children of the liberation struggle’, who are still camping at the Omhito village near Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region, are planning to demonstrate on election day.

These young people have been camping at that village since 18 March 2013 in efforts to secure jobs from Government.

The aggrieved struggle kids are planning to stage a street protest at the town if not granted jobs before the Presidential and National Assembly elections scheduled for 28 November 2014.

Speaking to journalists at their campsite yesterday, the group said they are fed-up of empty promises being made to them by Government officials on several occasions.

From the original 375 struggle kids, only about 10 of them have been employed in different Government ministries, while the rest withdrew from the protest.

They claim prolonged suffering since March 2013, because Government allegedly continues to ignore their demands.

WINDHOEK; Namibia cannot afford to forgo economic gains as a result of a lack of value-addition at home, Trade and Industry Minister Calle Schlettwein says.

He said while inaugurating the M&M Sportswear and Schooltex retail shop in the capital yesterday that this will lead Namibia to exposure to risks due to the dependence on exhaustible commodities and fluctuations in demand and prices.

The store is situated at Town Square Mall in the central business district (CBD) of the capital.

Schlettwein said Namibia’s manufacturing capacity entails distribution, and retailing needs to be accelerated to deliver equitable benefits of economic growth, additional job opportunities and equitable wealth-sharing to the whole of society.

M&M, owned by Namibian businesswoman Beauty Mathupi, started with only six employees in 2001, and to date has a staff complement of 83 people.

The company has a dispatch factory and a warehouse, and yesterday added a retail outlet to its profile to sell school uniforms, work overalls and sportswear.