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Namibian Youth, your future is SWAPO Party

By Sioni Iikela
Recently the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) had a Mickey Mouse congress where less than 150 voted for their new president McHenry Venaani who defeated Katutire Kaura. Some Namibian youth including those in the Youth Leadership Development Programme (YLDP) an offshoot of the National Council of Namibia quickly organized a gathering for the newly elected DTA president.

At the function, praises were showered on the youthful president of DTA. This confusion shows that some youth in Namibia including youth leaders are very much confused. It is thus important to put certain points to save the Namibian youth from the opportunists. Historically, DTA was formed in November 1977, because of the Turnhalle Constitutional Conference held in Windhoek from 1975 to 1977 as a counterbalance and main opposition to SWAPO as a liberation movement.

The DTA was once a ruling party after it won the 1978 South-West African legislative election by a landslide (SWAPO did not participate) in that sham elections. The DTA won through "widespread intimidations" and the presence of South African troops, particularly in the north of Namibia. In other words, this was an election by gunpoint and not democratically. The DTA and other hand-picked cohorts formed the interim government, consisting of a National Assembly and a Council of Ministers, lasted until 18th January 1983 when South Africa again assumed full administrative authority over the then South-West Africa now Namibia.

During the 1989 general elections (held from 7th to 11th November 1989), the DTA became part of the coalition of puppet parties of South Africa that wanted to prevent SWAPO to win the first ever democratic elections on the Namibian soil supervised by the United Nations.

It has been reported that a slush fund of over 100 million Rand were pumped into Namibia for that. This is the fact that all youth must be informed. The Namibia people were so clever and noticed the untamed political maneuvers as carried out by those who were transformed to fight on the side of the enemy. Ironically, many people got trapped by the Botha's spider web of money, hence they were the one 'braaing boerewors' at DTA rallies, some even cried when DTA lost.

It is amusing that even in the recent congress of DTA it is rumored that a certain SWAPO Party leader approached Mr. Kaura to stand against Venaani. Once again, even if this was so, the Namibian youth must still remain vigilant against such infiltrations. It is astonishing in the current political environment that some fellow youth got carried away by some political parties which were against the independence of Namibia. In other words, if Namibian youth are proud to associate themselves with collaborators, that is to say my fellow youth will be sellouts on the gains of our independence.

It is never correct to propagate the popularity of those fought against our independence at the expense of those that made it possible for our country to be free and independent. If we dare doing that, then we betray the youth of Namibia by then, who took up arms to fight the enemies. We must inherit the militancy of those yester youth and fight the war of economic freedom and win it without further delay.

For me, it does not matter a former collaborator paraded a youth in the top leadership, it remain a collaborator. The history matter so much because it is the history that determine the future. I therefore would like to call on my fellow country youth that we must not be trapped by those parties that are appointing youth. remember some parties do receive instructions from USA like in recent years, one of the former collaborator went to the Republican Party's conviction and when he came back, such leader started to divide Namibia into northerners and southerners.

At this juncture, I would like to ask fellow youth heading different institutions to make sure that they are not used to directly or indirectly campaign for any of the oppositions in our country. I am aware of the public institutions to be impartial, but impartiality cannot be used to the detriment of the Party in government.

By the way, SWAPO Party has been formed by young people and H.E. Cde. Sam Nujoma became the President at the age of 29 years old. These youth stood firm and faced the enemy, not like those who up to now attach themselves to notorious Turnhalle building where our enemy used to decide and plan on how to kill our people.

Finally, as young people we must make sure that we know and understand our history. It is for this reason that I call upon my fellow youth to read history of the country. I salute the youth as freedom fighters for forming the liberation movement that liberated Namibia. It is therefore only befitting that our generation be engaged in the economic struggle and win it.

Aluta Continua!


SWAPO Headquarters Mandume Strt
Windhoek, Katutura