By Hileni Nembwaya
IF nothing is done to redeem tribal and xenophobic talk that is currently rearing its ugly head in the country, Namibia will soon become a war-torn country, says Vice President Nickey Iyambo.
Iyambo who is highly disturbed by with the increasing irresponsible and destructive anti-nation building utterances on social media said that the situation is frightening and if not changed, in the future, it will be worse.
He made these remarks during a school donation handover held at Ondangwa, recently.
“It is as if people are bored with peace and rather prefer disturbing the peace in our country whose freedom is written in the rivers of blood of many patriotic Namibian martyrs. Particularly Facebook has become a breeding ground for spreading pornographic materials, anti-Government rantings, tribalism, racism and xenophobia infused with degrading sentiments and insults”.
Iyambo said that it is shocking, shameful and unacceptable that even civil servants are using these platforms to spread toxic messages of tribalism and xenophobia against fellow citizens, foreigners and even their own Government.
He added that a country, full of people who are bent on a negative, divisive and warlike discourse, can never amount to anything good except for its certain demise.
“A good example is the recent ugly primitive tribal clashes in Keetmanshoop. This is not the Namibia we fought for, the Namibia we know and the Namibia we want for our future generations. Let’s address our problems in a civilised manner, and not in barbaric primitive violent way, because we only have this one Namibia and if we lose it, we will all become permanent refugees like some others,” said Iyambo.
The Vice President therefore called upon all Government institutions including the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministries of Safety and Security and Information and Communication Technology (MICT) to put effective measures on social media to arrest potential national threats in time.
He noted that if used correctly, social media could enhance nation building, unity, and the realisation of citizens’ needs for communication, affirmation, and socialisation.
“I appeal to all citizens across Namibia to address, and discourage their families and friends from engaging in such hate campaigns on social media. Let us collectively take responsibility and say no, we don’t want Namibia becoming like war-torn Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and others,” said Iyambo.
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