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Ngurare mocks UN.

Dear sir,

The State-owned media gave an interesting report this week on the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) secretary--general, Dr Elijah Ngurare, who denied that he landed himself a lucrative job at a local UN agency. He is said to be in the process of quitting SPYL.

It is within his constitutional right to go or work anywhere he chooses. As his way of rubbishing the allegation levelled against him, Dr Ngurare was quoted as having said, "I must be crazy to do something like that".

What I do not understand is whether going for greener pastures is doing "something crazy", as the youth leader referred to his alleged new job.

This is what all Namibians, especially the young people, are aspiring to. A better income and a better life. Why would Dr Ngurare choose to live like he is doing currently, in a liberation struggle of his own? Does he want to make the youth believe that SPYL is him and without him it will not exist? He is busy campaigning for youth empowerment and employment, while forgetting himself.

What made me feel uncomfortable and a bit unconvinced is when Dr Ngurare reportedly insinuated that: "To me, the UN is like the USA. And as a Pan-African, I must be crazy to work for any of the two." I mean if "Pan-Africanism" is being dishonest, hypocritical or like Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's "We go East [China]" philosophy, then I am terribly concerned about the future of some of our learned young people.

Having found time to go through Dr Ngurare's educational profile, I concluded that he is either saying these things to please someone somewhere, or he has sold his principles.

Dr Ngurare's educational background revealed, amongst others, that "he is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from the Central State University, Ohio (USA) with a Bachelor of Science degree."

That means without USA, Elijah Tjitunga Ngurare, would not have been in possession of a masters or doctorate degree. What is not clear now is why he is intimidated to associate with the USA or UN. As a learned person he should have known better about the difference between USA and UN. As a youth leader, his comments can be taken seriously by young people especially the school-going children. Democracy wise, the young people, especially the SPYL, may reject the UN which is an embodiment of global democracy. This is travesty to democracy!

It would have been wiser and just enough for the USA-educated doctor to say, "I am going nowhere" without making a mockery of the foreign States and the international human rights watchdog.

S. Eino

Oshikoto Region
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Title Annotation:Speak your mind !!!
Author:Eino, S.
Publication:Namibia Economist (Windhoek, Namibia)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jul 1, 2011
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