THE economic crisis that Namibia finds itself in today may have many villains but its solutions now harbour in a narrative coined by the late US President John F Kennedy five decades ago: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
Undeniably and justifiably so, it is everyone’s hope that the incumbent Government would lead the country to progress and prosperity but it is also true that we are fast approaching a time that everyone needs to play a role in nation building and economic recovery be it politicians, civil servants, the private sector and ordinary citizens.
Whilst President Hage Geingob’s administration works tirelessly to implement a roadmap with emerging concepts and philosophies that have been drawn around ensuring that processes are inclusive and transparent, it is imperative that everyone realises that when the economy fails, everyone is caught in the same web hence perpetuating logical fallacies via rumour mongering and conspiracy theories will only lead to accelerated national disintegration.
Essentially, nation-building is a normative concept that means different things to different people. The latest conceptualisation is essentially that nation-building programmes are those in which dysfunctional or unstable or ‘failed states’ or economies are given assistance in the development of governmental infrastructure, civil society, dispute resolution mechanisms, as well as economic assistance, in order to increase stability. Nation-building generally assumes that someone or something is doing the building intentionally and that role must reside with every citizen of Namibia.
It is also important to look at the evolution of theories of nation-building and at the other concepts which it has both supplanted and included. We have come to believe that nation-building is evolutionary rather than revolutionary and that should guide us to acknowledge that is takes time to reap rewards of a corrupt reduced society and that what the incumbent administration is doing is a social process that cannot be jump-started from outside us.
In the same light we should always heed the fact that as citizens we are inclined to rely on the Government and trust state line Ministries to manage public resources and provide essential services in today’s complex society. This means providing quality services, ensuring honest and prudent management of financial resources and assets, providing these services in a safe way and professional manner.
However with these expectations and as national stakeholders, we cannot depart from the fact that Government cannot do this without our intent to assist in corruption alleviation, honest pricing of goods and services and other acts of citizen accountability.
Good governance, whether in the public or private sector, is always a challenge. While we want and expect people to act with honesty and integrity and Government to shoulder all the blame in too many cases, self-interest, greed, and a lack of respect for the rights of others overcomes the basic obligation to act ethically.
It is now time of every citizen to depart from finger pointing and rise up in unity to play a positive role in the economic recovery of the nation this 2017.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015