By Apostle Marson Sharpley
I write to respond to what I perceive as a rather demeaning and undermining editorial towards the President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr Hage Geingob, and the presidency, as the highest seat of office in the land.
The editorial was published in a weekly newspaper on 5 May, under the headline ‘Will the real Geingob please stand up?’.
The level of cynicism towards government policies that involve the lives and future of the masses of Namibia cannot continue to go unchallenged. The declaration of the president to eradicate poverty, through the implementation of the Harambee Prosperity Plan, as a government action plan towards prosperity for all, is a serious executive order and intention, which is most definitely achievable.
Former American President Robert Kennedy declared the following: “Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not.”
My concern in reading, observing and listening to some of the commentators in the public domain, is that there seems to be a desire to create and foster a sense of anxiety in the populace, that this president does not know what he is doing and cannot be trusted, to the point of almost ‘lying’ to the people.
Furthermore, a question that begs an answer is this: What is the intention and agenda of the people who seem determined to work at discrediting President Hage Geingob, a man well-schooled in the art of politics, diplomacy and administration, and who is regarded as one of the fathers of the Namibian nation, through the role he played during and after the liberation struggle?
What has brought about so much antagonism? Is it an unfamiliar style of governance? Is it an unacceptable modus operandi, undermining a status quo that was comfortable for a powerful group of persons in the shadows of our existence? Is it to do with personal expectations that have not been met?
Why the personal attacks on the man, instead of playing the ball, to the point of commenting on the personality of the president as being “complex”? Show me one human being on the face of the earth who does not have a complex personality? Just one! We are such complex creatures that I am sure we even exacerbate God, who created us. All of us are complex.
It is because of being complex that I am also penning these words, as a response to the words penned by another complex person.
Our expert goes further and describes the president as “sophisticated” and “ambitious”.
It would be sad if in the contemporary 21st century the Head of State of a nation like Namibia, which is endowed with such great resources, from human to natural, lacked sophistication in whatever form.
A well-travelled, well-educated and internationally exposed person, both politically and diplomatically, can never be unsophisticated. The world we live in is sophisticated and is advancing at breakneck speed, in that direction (sophistication).
On the observation of Geingob being “ambitious”, the very fact that he is the President of the Republic of Namibia informs us that he is ambitious, or else he would not have ascended to the highest office in the land. Since when has being ambitious been a negative trait? Unless it threatens the lives and wellbeing of others, ambition is what drives people and develops societies. So then, thank God Almighty that we have a sophisticated and ambitious president, to take Vision 2030 and NDP5 forward, through the implementation of the Harambee Prosperity Plan, which complements the others.
I ponder and ask: Are these criticisms levelled at the president justified or are they the manifestation of an agenda by very angry, disappointed and disgruntled persons, who are not crusaders for the collective, as much as being crusaders of their own personal comfort and elitist social standing, in a materialistically driven capitalist democracy, where enough is never enough and selfishness is the order of the day, informed by a deep sense of entitlement, thus regarding others as being undeserving and inferior to themselves?
I cannot say for sure that what I have stated above is the case, but when one reads some of these anxious, angry editorials and comments that include unsavoury verbs and adjectives, to describe the person of the president and his administration, you cannot help but draw conclusions that this has very little to do with the national burning issues at hand, as much as it has to do with the person of the president.
Correctly observed, land is very, very sensitive and demands of both the GRN and civil society to vigorously and diligently apply our minds, as it is a matter that transcends mere political discourse, being a central pillar of our people’s humanity.
And this, any freedom fighter and/or revolutionary knows too well. That’s why we say, there can be no true reconciliation without restitution. The fact is that we have to perhaps accept it is a prioritised work in progress, and part of a continuous narrative, central to our reaping the fruits of freedom, but informed by the laws of the country, and our agenda to have a meaningful existence in the family of states of the world.
We also need to assist ourselves, by developing our agricultural sector to address rural economies, in a bid to alleviate the pressure on our urban centres. In fact, we should be interrogating the facts and figures to contribute to the envisaged land conference in September this year.
*Part two of this contribution will be published next week
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