Youth must protect global peace: Hinda

WINDHOEK: Delegates of the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students took part in a mass solidarity march along Independence Avenue here on Tuesday.

The group of about 150 youth then proceeded to the ‘Onkugo Ye Pongo’ Community Centre in Windhoek’s Tobias Hainyeko’s Constituency, where they were addressed by various leaders and senior Government officials.

The festival is organized by the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) under the theme ‘Youth Unite against Imperialism for a World of Peace, Solidarity and Social Transformation’ from 11 to 17 May 2015.

Windhoek Mayor Muezee Kazapua said in his welcoming remarks that Namibia and specifically its capital, Windhoek, is proud to be the host for the event.

He called on the participants to prepare themselves to become leaders.

“We are the leaders of today and we are the leaders of tomorrow, and we need to prepare ourselves to be the leaders of Africa and the world. We must prepare ourselves today and not wait for tomorrow,” the mayor urged.

Kazapua thanked the Namibian government for its assistance to make the event possible.

In her keynote address, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperations Maureen Hinda called on the youth to unite for lasting peace and democracy.

“It is upon the youth to make sure that peace prevail all over the world,” she said.

Hinda added that it is also the youth of today’s responsibility to make sure there are no nuclear arms that will devastate the world.

The guests were entertained by various cultural groups, including the Ndilimani Cultural Troupe.

The delegates are from among others Lebanon, Cuba, Portugal, Spain, Mozambique, Angola and Namibia.

They will visit the Memorial Museum in the capital, Namibian Parliament, various museums and places of historic value like Heroes’ Acre south of Windhoek.