The national youth leader of the Independent Patriots for Change (IPC), Mr. Michael Mwashindange, emphasized the need for young voters to support a political party that will address their economic hardships in the upcoming 2024 general elections.
During his visit to Ongwediva, Mwashindange expressed deep concern over the distressing living conditions faced by the country’s young population.
Mwashindange asserted that, under an IPC administration, the Minister of Youth would be an individual under the age of 35 who genuinely understands the concerns and ambitions of the youth.
Furthermore, he outlined the IPC’s manifesto, which advocates for a 40 percent youth representation in the cabinet. This commitment would empower young people to actively participate in decision-making processes that shape the future of the nation, ensuring their interests are adequately represented.
Mwashindange underscored the staggering youth unemployment rate, estimated at 45 percent, with even higher figures recorded in poverty-stricken regions such as the two Kavango regions and Kunene.
He argued that after more than three decades of political independence, Namibia’s persisting poverty is a consequence of deliberate policies that hinder independent thinking among its citizens.
Mwashindange contended that a nation genuinely committed to ending the suffering of its people would prioritize investments in agricultural development on the country’s abundant fertile land. By doing so, Namibia could address food security concerns and create sustainable employment opportunities.
Conversely, he criticized the current government’s mismanagement of public funds, citing failed Green Scheme projects as examples of wasteful expenditure. Mwashindange called for the removal of corrupt individuals who have shown little regard for the welfare of the citizens.
He urged them to believe in their potential, recognize their unique talents, skills, and ideas, and actively contribute to building a brighter future for all Namibians.