By Apostle Marson Sharpley
A cartoon looking for the ‘real Hage Geingob’ insinuates many negative traits regarding the president and one can draw many conclusions, from schizophrenia to double-minded indecisiveness, by a leader who is supposed to eradicate poverty and lead Namibia into 21st century modernisation, through industrialisation.
The real Geingob is the one who grew up in the struggle for the freedom of his people, the Namibian people, the one who led the first group of exiled leaders of Swapo to Namibia, the one who chaired the tough negotiations during the Constituent Assembly, tasked to come up with an acceptable constitution for an independent Namibia, the one whom the Founding President and Father of the Nation, Dr Sam Nujoma, trusted to be the first prime minister of Namibia.
Which other prime minster would have created one united, robust civil service out of ethnically based administrations?
The real Geingob is the one who, in spite of a politically challenging season in his life, remained loyal to his party, to come back and with dignity be an ordinary MP, the one whom our dear former president appointed as minister of trade and as prime minister for the second time in his career.
The real Geingob is the one who eventually became the president of Namibia voted, after being voted in power by an overwhelming majority.
Now this is the Hage Geingob that we, the people of Namibia know, and if there is knowledge of another Hage Geingob, then that should be the preserve of his family, confidantes, close friends, comrades and peers, and no one else.
Should a follower be trusted enough to know the vulnerabilities of a leader, its trust that should inform the loyalty of such a person not to use such knowledge to either blackmail or demean a leader, because at the end of the day, we are all complex, fallible human beings.
A friendship with Geingob the person does not give anyone the right to undermine and continuously attack Hage the president, because of reasons unknown to the rest of us except.
We can only then draw the conclusion that it is because of expectations that were there, and which seem not to have been met.
That is actually the definition that I give the word “conflict”; it is the distance between reality and expectation. You expect something from someone, but the reality becomes something else, and the result is conflict.
Let us trust the president with what he has been tasked to do, because we know that he is informed by the Swapo manifesto and guided by the constitution, and works in a collective, through consultation.
Why the heightened anxiety? Has it to do with lifestyles that are no longer affordable? If so, scale-down, sell some stuff and be more economically prudent. We are all forced to do that in these lean times.
My humble advice would be that we try to do our bit to improve the lot of our population.
It would be a blessing if all the newspapers could assist us in the church with donations of blankets to the people in informal settlements, during our winter months. Now that would be so welcome. Not that we don’t welcome your reporting, but let’s do our measurable bit, which allows us to have a reference point from which to criticise constructively.
God bless our president, his family, his Cabinet and administration.
God bless Namibia!
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