THE events of recent weeks starring President Hage Geingob in stellar intervention and unification roles have once again showed us that his Harambee mantra is actively significant and this narrative and the verbalisation of these clarion calls have ingrained themselves within the Namibian psyche and locals have internalised this call.
Fidel Castro emphasises that men do not shape destiny but destiny produces the man for the hour and indeed the passing of struggle icon Hidipo Hamutenya who was hailed as a great freedom fighter and one of the country’s bravest sons coupled with a teachers strike showed just how Geingob’s narrative that he is the father of the Namibian house will provide for conditions of a shared destiny aimed at fighting the scourge of poverty and driving Namibia towards prosperity.
Geingob should also use Harambee ambitions to intervene in the diabolic plans to ruin our ocean with phosphate mining.
Essentially, when an awful event like a national strike happens, we inevitably yearn for leaders who will bring us together, bind up the nation’s wounds, and unite us all in common understanding and common purpose. And when they do not, we are disappointed and decide that a different individual could have succeeded where they failed. Yet, in the teacher’s strike of last week, Geingob became the most potent symbol of national unity, using the power of inclusive negotiation to heal deep-rooted wounds of teachers and usher in a new era of understanding even if current financial year demands were not met and kept at a five percent increment.
Throughout this negotiation, Geingob evoked a steely resolve, discipline and quiet dignity, coupled with a trademark charismatic smile and further displayed exceptional leadership and skilful intervention, being a top negotiator in his own right, in navigating a lasting solution with the trade unions not only breaking the impasse but also restoring the much valued qualities such as trust and confidence while alleviating interpersonal dynamics.
From the start Namibia has been threatened with frustration where rapid change is imperative and with instability where sustained effort and ordered rule are indispensable. Neither sporadic act nor pious resolution can resolve the present problems. Nothing will be of avail, except the united act of a united Namibia.
Whilst Namibia has been too busy nursing its separate and individual challenges, Geingob has undertaken to understand fully the basic need for a national union, rooted in common purpose, common planning and common endeavour. A union that ignores these fundamental necessities will be but a sham. It is only by uniting productive capacities- as seen with the Nantu intervention- and the resultant production that the nation can amass capital. One cannot have a successful war without establishing a command centre. A command centre is where targets are identified, strategies are formulated and from where the progress of the war on all fronts will be monitored and resources distributed and shifted to aid the overall war effort.
For this reason, Namibia needs to recognise the salient role Geingob’s team has played in unifying the masses and begin to realise that it is the understanding of the urgent need to ensure inclusivity that prompted his administration to construct the Namibian House where no Namibian should be left out.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015