FOR those untainted by ethnic, religious and socio-political colouration, and who can discern between reason and sentiment, peace and war, love and hate, civility and incivility, our democracy has become a metaphor for misrule and impunity.
Politically corrupt individuals as well as double-speaking, desperate and morally bankrupt individuals and politicians are not only dictating the pace of our future, they are also charting the path and dragging us down the road by peddling falsehoods against the Government.
In the turn of the year, the rumour mill has had it that Government is broke and much more recently has cultivated that Government will not be able to pay salaries on time- all these falsehoods and more dismissed and rejected by authorities with vehement contempt!
We are living in really interesting times, as those involved in the several dastardly acts that characterise our national existence, are failing to realise that if you scuttle a system for personal or group ambition, it becomes a collective tragedy .
Contrary to the belief being mostly peddled, we are stunted not by the lack of resources to propel our development, but by the misguided assumption that those entrusted to lead are not capable of doing the job they need to accomplish.
Essentially, Namibia is falling behind the rest of the world simply because of our hypocrisy, and the collective failure to protect our liberties, social and political institutions.
When haters peddle their falsehoods nine times it is necessary to reply them 10 times. This must be done or the lies when repeated often are soon perceived as the truth by the public.
This rings true of those executing their latest brief as they threw decorum to the dogs and scaled up attacks on President Hage Geingob denoting that he has run down the country via Chinese friendships.
It is rather unbecoming and of disgust to watch the folks behind a series of damaging publications and social media rants propel falsehoods to have their way at the expense of the country’s wellbeing and to the detriment of a reputation that people have spent years building.
Some have chosen to participate in public affairs by offering criticisms of our Government, on perceived and real injustices, and on lack of developmental activity. It is prudent that as we all get more mature, we evaluate news carefully in order not to use sensationalism and rumours to evaluate the performance of our leaders and public officials. We better be careful with facts, now that we have an understanding of the real effects of assumptions.
In other nations, the credibility of what is circulated goes into strengthening democratic institutions but in Namibia lies that undermine these structures are now the norm in attempts to hit out at Government and its goal for economic prosperity through the Harambee blueprint.
Conclusively, there’s an element of gossip present in every social enterprise. And while light office gossip and a few comments here and there probably won’t hurt anyone, what we need to realise is that a pervasive culture of rumour-mongering and trash-talking is detrimental to everyone.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015