THE vision for a much stronger Namibian economy, as well as transparency and solid governance architecture, took centre stage in President Hage Geingob’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), delivered in parliament on Wednesday.
With critics expecting a recitation of the promises that leaders make, Geingob used this opportunity to be upfront about the challenges that confront Namibia.
He also articulated the need for various radical reforms, such as the wealth tax, while demystifying the myths that remain entrenched in the minds of those that have criticised the Harambee Prosperity Plan.
The centrepiece of the President’s speech was that political freedom “means nothing without economic emancipation”.
He articulately showed that progress reviews of the key Harambee pillars have shown that the plan is indeed working, and that economic prosperity is within reach.
In essence, he said that Namibia’s fiscal situation seems to have stabilised, and although there are uncertainties, the future looks promising.
Through Geingob’s leadership, the nation has continued to make inroads into tackling the scourge of poverty.
This is reflected in the improved social indicators, and the significant progressed being made in the war against corruption.
Also, the national budget is continually being channelled into the social sectors of education, health and housing.
The real-life experiences of ordinary Namibians that are being touched by government’s efforts to deliver a better life, have clearly motivated Geingob’s plans and pronouncements.
His demeanour is of someone who is striving to level the playing field, and bridge the gap between the rich and the poor.
Included in his SONA speech was a progress report on projects, plans and policies, which updates, which creates a sense of continuity. Geingob also introduced memorable facets to the nation’s discourse, which directs where Namibia is going.
Perhaps the most important one was the President elaborating on radical economic transformation, where he knitted together a set of deliverables around this agenda, with the pivotal one being legislation to prise open the economy and radically grow various sectors.
Geingob also elaborated on the narrative that Namibia is ready to work with all the nations of the world, in the pursuit of the lofty ideals of a better global village, free of poverty and characterised by peace, equity, equality and harmonious coexistence.
As we applaud Geingob for providing sufficient room for frank and open dialogue, it was also important that he reminded us that everything that we do or fail to do actually takes place in the context of troubled world.
As we grapple with our challenges, it is easy to forget that large parts of the globe are in the throes of battles and challenges that are so fierce and scary, that we can only thank our lucky stars for what we have as a nation.
It is clear from Geingob’s SONA speech that Namibia has the opportunity by example, in terms of redressing wealth redistribution and economic empowerment, in a pragmatic, sustainable and orderly manner.
We salute you Mr President!
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