The Landless People’s Movement (LPM) Student and Youth Command Element is concerned about the recent cries of Namibian students in Cuba. This morning the country woke up to the Namibian students’ desperate plea for help as they appealed to President Hage Geingob’s intervention at the Ministry of Higher Education, Training, and Innovation. The students have been waiting for their packages for three months.
The LPM’s Student and Youth Command Element is deeply concerned that the Higher Education Minister, Iitah Kandji-Murangi has not acted on the pleas of the students despite the issue having received lots of media attention. In June this year, The Namibian newspaper reported about the conditions that our fellow students find themselves in. We are also aware of the many letters the Namibia National Student’s Organisation (NANSO) wrote about the matter. It seems that their interventions have also fallen on death ears.
Last week, the LPM Student and Youth Command Element, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) Youth League and the Student Union of Namibia called on the Minister to withdraw the NSFAF laptop bid that would have seen the bogus initiative benefitting some handpicked tenderpreneurs raking in millions from student refunds. Kandji-Murangi took this issue to Parliament without consulting the student bodies.
This is all happening while thousands of students in Namibia are still waiting to receive their annual NSFAF refund. It appears that students have not received any funds from the organisation, which according to their requirements should be the only source of funding for students. How do they expect students to live? Should they prostitute their bodies? For many years now, students have been asking for the funds to be distributed to them on a monthly basis, but that has also been ignored.
The Minister’s continued failure to act in the best interest of students on these matters, as the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia and Ministerial Oath requires her to do, has made it necessary for the LPM Student and Youth Command Element to demand for the immediate resignation of the Honourable Minister. We no longer have confidence in her leadership as Minster of Higher Education. That is why, we are asking the Minister to respectfully resign from her position and allow someone else who is up to the task to lead the students to replace her.
We are also asking NANSO and other student bodies to stand with us to jointly demand for her resignation. Our bodies may have different ideological standpoints, but we are UNITED in our fight for the students.
Bayron van Wyk
The LPM Student and Youth Command Element