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SUN concludes first elective congress at Rundu

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The Student Union of Namibia (SUN) on Sunday concluded its first elective congress here at Rundu to elect a new leadership and amend its constitution.The congress, which was attended by 120 delegates from all 14 regions of the country, was held from 05…

The Student Union of Namibia (SUN) on Sunday concluded its first elective congress here at Rundu to elect a new leadership and amend its constitution.

The congress, which was attended by 120 delegates from all 14 regions of the country, was held from 05 March to 07 March 2021.

SUN was officially formed in 2019 by Epaphras Ngolo and Bernard Kavau, who both defected from the Namibia National Students Organisation (NANSO).

Ngolo, who was elected executive director of SUN, told a press conference at the end of the elective congress on Sunday that Bernard Kavau was elected the president of SUN, Penda Nakawa as chief strategist and Geraldine Maasdorp as a chief education officer.

Nadia De Klerk was elected as the chief foreign diaspora with Eunice Karambo as students' rights and community development officer.

In his remarks, SUN president Kavau said the union is not affiliated with any political party, adding that it was formed to fight for an inclusive education system.

'Quality education must be there. What we mean by that is institutions such as the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund's (NSFAF) budget must be increased. We don't want it at N.dollars 1.5 billion anymore so that it can cater for all students,' he said.

Kavau said during the congress they decided to change the logo of the union for it not to look like it is affiliated with any political party.

The union, he stated, also decided that the union would operate its affairs in a more diplomatic but radical and systematic manner. Detailed information such as where they get their funding and more on the amendments of the constitution will be shared with the media at a later stage.

All members, he said, will be expected to pay an amount of five N.dollars annually in membership fees.

Across the entire country, the union's leadership indicated that it has a membership of 4000 students.

Source: Namibia Press Agency