More than 120 community members march in streets of Outjo

OUTJO: More than 120 community members marched in the streets of Outjo on Tuesday to demand that low-level government positions in their constituency be announced on radio.

They were reacting to some lower posts which the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration advertised last month on notice boards looking for two cleaners, a labourer and two administrative officers for the Outjo office in the Kunene Region.

A group comprising mostly women marched in the Etoshapoort township here before handing a petition to their constituency councillor, Abraham Job.

They also attached a copy carrying 126 names and signatures of the concerned members.

Their petition was then read out loud by their spokesperson, Fabiola Ais.

In the petition, the community members requested Job to talk to the Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, to freeze the government positions here because of alleged irregularities they had discovered.

The job advertisements they were referring to were posted on Government Ministries’ notice boards here on 27 March 2014, with a due date of 04 April 2014.

The group said the information on the job advertisement was only posted on notice boards at the Ministry of Justice in Outjo, at Home Affairs and Immigration as well as at the Outjo Constituency office.

The majority of qualified, unemployment community members live on nearby farms, and some do temporary jobs from Monday to Friday. Many people thus missed out on the opportunity as they did not apply for the positions, even though they wanted to.

According to them, the five vacancies here were supposed to be advertised in local newspapers, and announced on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC)’s Otjiherero and Damara/Nama radio services.

“It is a fact that not everyone in our community can read and write. So please, do the announcements of vacancies on local radio’s as well,” the Outjo community members stressed in their petition.

Meanwhile, this journalist established on Wednesday that oral interviews for the positions of administrative officers, cleaners and the general labourer for the local Home Affairs and Immigration office were already held on Tuesday, 08 April.