By Eliaser Ndeyanale
PRESIDENT Hage Geingob on Tuesday said that Namibians should guard against a rise in tribalism warning that it has destroyed many countries in the world and in particular Lybia and Iraq.
Speaking at the opening of the first Cabinet meeting held at State House, the President urged Namibians to remain committed to the unity and togetherness which he said had carried the country well for many years.
“We should never get tired of peace, stability and unity. Let’s therefore take heed and be weary of the centrifugal force which is spurning the ever-simmering tribalism, which is threatening to place our well managed governance architecture into despair.
“We should not forget the example of Libya and Iraq, in which people sought to disrupt orderly systems in the hope of creating better ones. Today, both these countries remain engulfed in perpetual ethnic conflict and war which has resulted in the emergence of fractured societies,” Geingob said.
Geingob also touched on the burning issue of land saying it is being used by a number of discontented individuals and groups from various quarters, as a fuse which they hope will ignite an explosion of chaos in the country. Although he acknowledged that there is nothing wrong with belonging to tribes, people should desist from placing the suffix “ism” at the end of the word tribal.
“We shall never lose sight of the fact that the Namibian House, which we are building on the cornerstone of democracy, unity and the rule of law, peace and stability is a house characterized by inclusivity and pluralism. There is no separatism in the Namibian House; it is a house whether these inhabitants are related or unrelated.
“It is a house in which all Namibians are united by the need for economic emancipation and inclusive economic development. It is strange that certain people are displaying a great determination to ridicule the concepts which we have put in place in order to accelerate our development. Let us disappoint them by succeeding,” Geingob said.
He however urged Cabinet to “extensively” deliberate on the land issue, in order to come up with concrete proposals that could take the country forward.
“Let those who are holding gatherings on the premise of ancestral land come up with proposals which are acceptable within the context of a united, free and reconciled Namibia,” the President said.
Despite challenges such as the drought and financial headwinds faced by the country, the President said Namibians should never forget that they belong to a country with dignity. “Let’s not feel sorry for ourselves but rather respond to every negative action with a positive reaction.”
He also reminded his Cabinet that it has the responsibility not to fail the people.
“We should deliver, embracing the ethos of hard work and avoiding the lure of personal wealth and pursuit of selfish gains.”
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