LPM condemns Unam’s ban on political activism

The Landless People’s Movement (LPM) Student Command has demanded that the University of Namibia (Unam) lifts its ban on political activism.

This comes after the university this week banned the Affirmative Reposition (AR) Student Command from hosting an event on campus.

Earlier on Tuesday during a media conference, the LPM demanded that Unam’s pro vice chancellor for finance, administration and resource mobilisation Ellen Namhila revokes the directive she made earlier to ban political activities on Unam campuses.

Speaking to the media, LPM’s Youth Command Element Khomas leader Junias Kaindjee expressed his disappointment in the directive, describing it as a violation of constitutional rights and academic freedom.

“The Namibian Constitution grants all citizens, including students and academics, the right to peaceful political activities under article 17,” he said.
He highlighted that Unam has a history of hosting political events.

Kaindjee further said there are no reasons to take such a directive since it’s a peaceful political atmosphere at Unam.

In a letter seen by The Namibian, Namhila urged Unam management to take proactive measures to ensure that facilities and venues are not utilised for political campaigns, recruitment or activities.

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