THE liberal interventionists have once again been reminded of President Hage Geingob’s unflinching protection of the public purse in this week’s NAC airport tender ruling.
Vindicated by the legal system, it goes without saying that the President was right to cancel a multi-billion dollar airport rehabilitation tender that in its rot would have taken Government and subsequently the taxpayers to the cleaners.
Essentially the Supreme Court backed by three top judges set aside the awarding of the airport project contract to a Chinese company- Anhui Foreign Economic Construction (Group) and declared the initial decision by the ousted NAC board unlawful, null and void.
It remains notably worrying that even though media reports on the issue were awash alleging irregularities and possible bribery and corruption in the bidding process for the upgrading and expansion of Hosea Kutako International Airport at a cost of US$477 million (about N$6 billion at the current exchange rate) to Anhui, legal head of Government Attorney General Sacky Shanghala in recent months tortuously negotiated that Government settle out of court.
The no corruption mantra actively gained traction under the administration of Geingob and it is commendable that this narrative and the verbalisation of his clarion call have ingrained themselves within the Namibian psyche and citizens are beginning to internalise this call to action.
In the course of his two-year reign critics have been found wanting and as Geingob has on several occasions evoked a steely resolve, discipline and quiet dignity. Coupled with a trademark charisma, he has further displayed exceptional leadership and skilful intervention, being a top negotiator in his own right, in navigating a lasting solution with other key national wings such as the trade unions late last year in which he also restored the much valued qualities such as trust and confidence while alleviating interpersonal dynamics.
From the start Namibia has been threatened with frustration where rapid change is imperative and with instability where sustained effort and ordered rule are indispensable. Neither sporadic act nor pious resolution can resolve the present problems. Nothing will be of avail, except the united act of a united Namibia and that starts with a nation that invests faith in its leadership for guidance and progress.
Whilst Namibia has been too busy nursing separate and individual challenges, Geingob has undertaken to understand fully the basic need for sound governance, rooted in common purpose, common planning and common endeavour. An administration that ignores issues that hinge on taxpayers’ money will be but a sham. It is only by uniting productive capacities- as seen with the NAC airport intervention- and the resultant savings that the nation can amass capital.
One cannot have a successful war without establishing a command centre. A command centre is where targets are identified, strategies are formulated and from where the progress of the war on all fronts will be monitored and resources distributed and shifted to aid the overall war effort. For this reason, Namibia needs to recognise the salient role Geingob’s team has played in protecting the public purse and begin to realise that it is the understanding of the urgent need to ensure inclusivity that prompted his administration to construct the Namibian House where sound decisions drive the holistic agenda of nation building.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015