Exile kids to elect new leaders

The association for the children of the liberation struggle will pick a new leadership team next month.

16 February 2021 | Youth

STAFF REPORTER

WINDHOEK



The Namibia Exile Kids Association will elect its new leadership next month at a convention that will signal the end of the association's leader, Benitha Nakaambo, who has been at the helm for the past decade.

In a press statement issued last week, Neka said the congress would be attended by delegates from all the regions.

Each region will be represented by two delegates at the congress that will take place on 6 March in Windhoek.

At the congress – mostly behind closed doors – delegates will pick a new leadership team aiming to bolster and keeping the association relevant.

Neka was formed to address the issues faced by 'exile kids' and to capture and document their history.



Discrimination claims

Critics have over the years questioned the government's special treatment at the expense of other young people in the country. Currently, the Ombudsman and Khorixas Youth Forum are fighting the government in court over a cabinet decision that Children of the Liberation Struggle (CLS) must be employed in the public service without being put through a recruitment process.

In a notice of motion filed in December, the Ombudsman, Advocate Johan Walters, asked the High Court to declare that the cabinet had acted beyond its powers and that its decision is unconstitutional.

Walters also demanded that the Public Service Commission, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa Amadhila and cabinet secretary George Simataa be interdicted from continuing to implement the decision.

In his affidavit, Reginald Roman, the former chairperson of the Khorixas Youth Forum, said he was personally aggrieved by the cabinet decision which earmarked entry-level positions for CLS.

According to him, the environment ministry had 12 watchmen vacancies, of which five were reserved for CLS and were not advertised for other Namibians to apply.

“The effect of that decision is that previously disadvantaged Namibians such as myself and the youth in Khorixas were discriminated against and denied an opportunity to compete equally for employment in the public sector,” he said.

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