PLEASE be so kind as to publish this piece in your newspaper in response to an editorial written in another weekly a month or so ago.
I was concerned and shocked by the editorial attack on our First Lady, Madam Monica Geingos.
The reason for that tirade might never be overtly stated, but I am sure that some of us might have an idea based on certain facts and not merely conspiracy theories. The editorial I refer to unequivocally expressed disdain towards the First Lady, Mrs Monica Geingos, and even went as far as stating that her role needs to be more clearly defined as she is interfering in the running of this administration by making policy-related statements which is not her call. Where is the law in this regard?
We are all aware of the concept of ‘state capture’ coined by journalists in South Africa when they defined the role of the Guptas in that country›s affairs both economically and politically. That as it may be related to that country alerted those of us who care and want to see poverty eradication become a reality through the Harambee Prosperity Plan, realise how the entire economy of a country can be captured, owned, hijacked, usurped, manipulated, squeezed or whatever one wants to call it, by a few individuals with access to the centre of political power even through flaky friendship if gone unchecked.
I am sure that many who read this and care about our country›s economic and political future will undoubtedly agree.
The threat of systemic corruption in any nation is an ever – present one that we cannot ignore as that is when sycophantism starts to inform those that benefit from this practice that they are more important than the rest of us because they ‘run’ the country.
Run the country? For who and for what?
Freedom in Namibia came at a very heavy price and is not simply meant to allow a few who think that it is their right with their friends and family in the private sector to rape our economy at our expense just because we, the people have placed them in positions of authority to manage OUR NATIONAL COLLATERAL, both politically and economically.
We are all working the trading floors of the market place to make a living and ensure a decent existence for our families and it is for this reason that we do not simply request for the playing field to be levelled, but demand that it be levelled by rooting out any form or shape of State corruption orchestrated by private sector business players.
The First Lady has a duty and responsibility to serve as First Lady not only as a pretty face cutting ribbons and making speeches prepared for her by speech writers in her office.
Furthermore, her first responsibility is to ensure that she actively supports and advances her husband, the President›s policies by whatever means necessary within the law and policy framework of the GRN. Some of us as loyal cadres of the ruling party and who were born into revolutionary politics expect no less from her, especially when there seems to be a concerted effort and desire by certain cabals to access State House not for the benefit of the nation state, but rather for their own, stinking selfish greedy agendas. NO!
The recycling of the same entrepreneurs through State assistance as well as that of Board members of SOEs and even senior government officials cannot stand the progress we all desire for this great nation in good stead. So many Namibians are forced to transact huge business such as petroleum supply in other countries just because they are deliberately and systematically kept out of the system in our own country. So many of us have access to and can supply much needed commodities to the state at decent prices, but we find ourselves deliberately excluded for reasons known to us.
Believe me, as a community leader, church leader and entrepreneur myself, I have seen and heard enough and also been a victim of such practices. So now that we have a President and First Lady who complement each other (this does not imply that our two previous First Couples did not) to as successfully as possible execute the task at hand, there manifests an agenda aimed at undermining this administration by blatantly attacking the First Lady for doing good.
No please ladies and gentlemen.
Should you have a personal issue with the First Lady, why not make an appointment to see her and clear the matter, instead of pulling in the office she holds.
We are not blind and neither will we be quiet and stand by when an administration that believes in inclusivity is being deliberately attacked for no reason at all, except ensuring that access to State House is tightly controlled when it comes to certain characters and their unsavoury agendas. And by the way, our President believes in an open door policy and so does the First Lady.
It was once inked that State House would become a place of revealing and partying once Dr Hage Geingob became the Head of State.
What a misconception of a senior leader, a man of prayer with international governmental exposure. And because this is not the case, the idea being branded around is that it is this First Lady who has interrupted matters. That truly undermines the integrity and the person of the President as well as the nation at large.
As the electorate and the masses, we look forwardtothefulfilmentofallelectionpromises to the letter. Politics is not commodity trading or the buying and selling of fruit, vegetables and fish at the market. Politics is about basic human rights such as food, clothing, shelter and employment as well as the measurable, progressive economic development of the country through transparent fiscal discipline.
Please do not for one moment accuse me of being delusional about desiring a utopian state where everything is perfect. I am not naive to ignore the fact that nation-building through well established, operational state institutions is an ongoing work in progress.
The point I am making is that the First Lady is doing exactly what is expected of any First Lady. Actively assisting and standing by her husband to advance the implementation of his Government›s policies aimed at bettering the lot of the entire Namibian nation and not the enrichment of a few who›s appetites are never satisfied. Harambee Prosperity Plan is not simply a slogan and neither is Vision 2030 or NDP 4 etc. These are well thought out vehicles to advance the strategies to implement the policies that are meant to improve the lot of the population. Why be cynical towards serious national strategies that involve the lives of our people, especially our children.
It›s time we start having a heart not only for the First Couple, but for each other as a nation. God bless us all.
Apostle MARSON SHARPLEY
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