Exile children convene annual general meeting

Delegates of the Namibian Exile Kids Association (Neka) on Saturday convened at Otjiwarongo for a two-day annual general meeting which will conclude with the election of the organisation’s new leadership on Sunday.

The association, which is waiting to be officially affiliated with Swapo, held the meeting dressed in the ruling party’s colours and in the presence of Swapo secretary general Sophia Shaningwa and environment and tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta.

Speaking at the official opening, Neka’s founding president, Benitha Nakaambo, said the association must at all times defend the aspirations of liberation struggle veterans, with no fear and no favours.

“Neka has the potential to help develop policy that can advance the cause of our people, but we must be strategic when positioning our people. We need to be strategic in who we deploy at any given time,” Nakaambo said.

Also addressing the meeting, Shifeta said it provides the association with an opportunity to affirm and showcase its adherence to the principles of cooperation, good governance and sound leadership.

“As delegates and representatives of the members of Neka, the duty is on you to put in place strategies that ensure the gains the association have made so far are never reversed,” Shifeta said.

The meeting was initially scheduled to start at 09h00, but was delayed until 15h00 due to late accreditation of delegates.

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