SPYL condemns gays as 'immoral'

WINDHOEK FAITH SANKWASA

The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) has condemned homosexuality along with social evils such as drug and alcohol abuse.
The statement was made at a press briefing on the outcome of the SPYL's National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held at Vaalgras in the Karas Region on April 27,
SPYL Secretary for Information, Publicity and Mobilisation Job Amupanda said the condemnation of homosexuality was part of the youth league's effort to uphold moral and traditional values .
Amupanda said Namibian morals have degenerated and the use of human rights as a cover for homosexuality must be tested by a national referendum.
He added that homosexuality did not exist in African culture, and only came to be known with the advent of cell phones and television.
Moral values should be upheld and protected by State policy. Alcohol and drug abuse must be condemned at all times. Most importantly, we must uphold traditional values and not suck up to imported practices such as the so-called homosexuality.
We emphatically condemn homosexuality with the contempt it deserves. Let those who are advocates of homosexuality come out so we can see them, Amupanda said.
Other matters addressed at the NEC meeting included youth empowerment, rural development and youth economic empowerment.
Amupanda said the SPYL would target about 400 000 people living in informal settlements, who are not yet benefiting from the youth wing's advocacy and influence.
The NEC resolved that youth economic empowerment should be central in the decisions of the Tender Board.
It vowed to revive the Village Development Committees in all 13 regions.
The youth wing further called on the Ministry of Works and Transport to look into upgrading the road between Ondangwa and Ongwediva in the Oshana Region, and the roads between Rehoboth, Windhoek and Okahandja in the Khomas Region, to dual carriageways.
A congested one-way road is more at risk of causing accidents. We appreciate the efforts of the government in developing the country's infrastructure but we call on the transport ministry to construct dual roads, Amupanda said.

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