READING the headlines of late, one wonders whether the current President’s image is not deliberately distorted. It is as if articles were ready two years ago, and are now being vomited in this crucial year with the sole aim to cast aspersion about the person of President Hage Geingob. It is from municipal bills, him being linked to business people or Chinese, even though we know the Chinese were here before he became President.
There are coordinated attempts to frustrate our democratic process and have this President removed at all costs, even at a cost of 20 million. These coordinated attempts have so far failed to mount a constructive criticism of the President in re his policies, and rather centres their dislike for the president on the basis of expected favours. This country never had a situation where the party president and that of the country were two different people, why now. This country cannot have two centres of powers. Founding president and the second president were not challenged, why should this President be challenged at the request of few individuals?
It is time, the critique of the President realised that Hage Geingob is now a statesman. A statesman is different from a candidate. A statesman has the lives of the whole country in his hand if not on his mind. Geingob the President cannot and should not be the same Geingob the personal friend we knew. Therefore it is insulting for quasi-businesspeople to mount a challenge against democracy because their “friend left” them or turned “his back” on them or did not “appoint” them. If we fail to nip this understanding in the bud, we will all be slaves to tenderpreneurs who display a disdain for the principles of governance and democracy. Everybody you ask around tells you that they made Geingob their target because he “turned his back” on them. If it is true then the President should be commended for successfully transiting from the candidate to a statesman.
You hear that the sitting President is getting close to 2 million, yet no one in this country has an issue that he is only getting four hundred thousand more than the former president. Why do we make a fuss about the salary of a working president? Why do we invent stories about the President not having been able to pay for municipal bills, when during his tenure he allows former presidents, prime ministers and members of parliament to be catered for by the Government? If at all when as the former Prime Minister he could not pay his water bills, are we not to apologise to him for having denied him privileges accorded to past leaders of our Republic, as a way of encouraging them to step aside and stay out of politics?
Our country should never allow a situation where quasi-businesspeople are allowed to influence the outcome of our body politik. No single person can make a President, not in this country and not anywhere in the world. It is thus a fallacy that Geingob was made by individuals. He was made and formed by the collective. If Geingob the President was made by an individual then former President Pohamba or Founding President Nujoma should take the credit. It is being disrespectful to stand at a podium and proclaim that Geingob was made by quasi-businesspeople.
If that is the truth, then one wonders where they got money to make him, buy farms cash and drive around with cash, which hard working and educated Namibians cannot do. It is incumbent upon all national leaders to stand up and safeguard our democracy, and reaffirm their support to the country and the institution of the presidency, as their silence will be misconstrued by those trying to dismantle what we have achieved so far. It is equally important for the office of the founding president and the second president to come out in public and discouraged those using their good names and offices for political expediency.
An attack on the current President is an attack on our democracy and our history as a nation. A President should never be made to devote his whole term to warding off malicious attacks on his person, but instead use his energy to turn the fortunes of this country to the benefit of all. Geingob has just started, and if we do not put a stop to these shenanigans we might end up like our neighbours down south. We have established a practice and that practice can only be departed from on the basis of established rules and procedures ascended to by the collective and not few individuals, who due to their limited political knowledge and education feel that people can be captured, or due to the weight of their purse feels our future is for sale. Our political gains should not be reversed at the convenience of individuals. There is life after Geingob, which is in 10 years, not now.
It is also disturbing how a President and the First Lady of a country, can be insulted and sworn at on public platforms in broad daylight. Criticism should not be confused with disrespect. This is distasteful. We need to display respect for one another and differ on substance rather than engage in the politics of vote buying and gate keeping. We need to display a sense of unity; a sense of inclusion, a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law; and a respect for each other (Obama) and differ on substance rather than engage in the politics of vote buying and gate keeping.
If Hage Geingob was such a corrupt President as these prophets propagate, would all these financial scandals at some parastals as reported to the media surface to the media, public and even to the courts? Are those fighting against Geingob fighting against him because he is misruling the country or because of his attempt to invite all to the dinner table to which some only want to have exclusive rights? It is our submission that, President Geingob has proven in a very short space of time that he is a man capable of steering the ship, thus removing the cloud that hovered around his head during his presidential campaign that he was in the pockets of a certain tender-hungry quasi-business clique. For this, we urge him once again not to be distracted by these malicious detractors and prophets, but to continue ‘harambeeing’ the whole nation to prosperity.
Joshua Kaumbi, Romeo Shiremo and
Herold Stanley Binda
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