By Confidente Reporter
IT is an open secret that many a time a majority of politicians once elected into power never make time to go back to their constituencies or the electorate for another four or so years until it’s time for elections again when they are ‘forced’ by circumstances to go lure the electorate to vote for them.
Usually such politicians retrace their footsteps with a few hand-outs they use to buy the masses’ votes and loads of empty promises.
However, one politician who has proved that indeed they are still some genuine politicians who have the public at heart is the Khomasdal constituency councillor Margret Mensah-Williams who last week held a fun day at 8ste Laan informal settlement in Otjomuise where she also donated several machinery worth N$100 000 to 18 emerging businesspeople in the area.
Mensah-Williams told the gathering to be each other’s keeper.
“Without you I am nothing. Today is a day to give to 18 projects that will receive assistance so that they will be able to help others in society as skills payment for getting the donations for free. I thought hard about what we can do to bring us together, we are not Damaras, Basters, coloureds or Zambezians … we are all Namibians. We live in a world where people kill each other when we should be each other’s keeper. If I have two plates of food in my house I should also give another one to my neighbour who is in need. “There is need for us to restore our dignity because our circumstances don’t dictate where we are going but our attitude does,” Mensah-Williams said.
She further urged young people to work hard and acquire skills that will be beneficial to the country. She also discouraged youth from engaging in alcohol and substance abuse.
”Goals cannot be achieved if you don’t pursue them with some personal sacrifice. Without commitment and personal sacrifice, you cannot achieve your goals,” Mensah-Williams told a cheering crowd. She further told them to put more effort as Government had plans that needed educated people to execute them.
It was also at this event where Mensah-Williams invited artists -mostly those who are now nearly forgotten in the music circles like kwaito star Qonja, and rapper Swart Baster.
She said it was an opportunity for “our people” to enjoy and meet artists and boxers like former super welterweight champion Harry Simon and light heavyweight boxer Vikapita Meroro.
A female artist, who was at the event, urged young people to take their studies seriously. ”If you work hard your future will be brighter. You can even get to a point where you create jobs for others.”
Award winning musician Atushe also implored Namibian youths to create their own space in society, instead of focusing on the space already taken. He also encouraged young girls and boys to focus on things that will positively shape their future, adding that they should abstain from destructive practices which could make them lose focus of what really matters in their lives.
”Don’t do what Atushe does, you only see him on TV, you don’t know what he does besides that. If you want to do music, do it part time,” said Atushe.
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