By Elezo Libanda
Katima Mulilo, Aug. 15 – In a recent event held in Okahao, the Urban and Rural Development Minister once again advised the youth to seek self-employment, as the government cannot accommodate everyone. However, this statement has sparked widespread outrage among the youth, who feel neglected and abandoned amidst Namibia’s alarming unemployment rates.
The Minister’s statement has gone viral on social media, triggering an outpouring of frustration from the youth. Many expressed their disappointment in the leadership, highlighting the difficulties they face in finding opportunities to utilize their vocational training. Registering a company in Namibia is costly, and acquiring tenders often appears reserved for those with political connections.
Simataa Martin conveyed his discontent, stating, “We view the sentiments of the Minister as an insult to our intelligence.” The youth feel that their leaders only remember them during elections and have failed to provide adequate support or resources to enable them to start successful businesses.
Maswahu Albertina shared similar sentiments, emphasizing that the ageing leaders have not initiated the businesses they now expect the youth to establish. She pointed out the irony of being told to start businesses without any support, highlighting the prevailing sense of hopelessness among the youth.
The current financial year saw the Urban and Rural Development Ministry receiving an allocation of N$1.9 billion. Out of this, N$1.2 billion was dedicated to subsidizing operations at regional, local, and traditional councils.
As youth dissatisfaction grows, leaders are facing increased scrutiny over their handling of the country’s unemployment crisis and the perceived lack of support for the younger generation. – Namibia Daily News