By Joshua Razikua Kaumbi
GENERAL Martin Shalli (retired), aka Shari shaMaitina, stated it well, when he said that, “every five years if you do not deliver the people have the power to remove you collectively, individually and democratically”.
Now this person who spoke is one of my country’s decorated military men – a finest son of our history. General Shalli said a person should have five years, before he can be removed, and he can only be removed if he does not deliver.
President Geingob is not even halfway into his five years, and has stated that he is going to deliver in those five years. And thus people can only remove him after five years, according General Shalli.
Dare I say more than to say the situation is under control, general?
Let me start.
It might be true that the roots of Swapo needed some water. My reading of our history informs me that President Geingob is one of the few remaining original sons. He went into exile, as Swapo, and not to join Swapo or as part of an exodus, like others did.
Some were forced to follow their friends and relatives on the other side and ended up being freedom fighters in various university faculties.
The evolution of Swapo reveals that the sitting president was there when it all happened, even when we coined Swapo, so as to broaden the appeal of our struggle. This never happened at the Oshakati Stadium, but at neutral platforms.
If the above is true, should President Geingob not be the one of those who should understand better the ideological origin of Swapo, and clearly see if the roots are dry, for he was one of those who planted that seed, whose aim was to cover the whole country. There is a need to retell our history, for posterity.
President Geingob was never a lone attendee of the Politburo and Central Committee of Swapo or parliamentarian, when decisions were taken. The decision to enlarge the size of the parliament and executive was taken by those in positions, collectively, and before President Geingob ascended to power. In terms of our laws, any decision that turns out to be prejudicial is not cast in stone, and can be reversed by the right structures. If we think that parliament is too big, why don’t table a motion to revert to the original size? After all, in terms of the finances, this decision should surely not represent more than 0.4 percent of our budget.
The decision to expel or discipline party members could not have been taken by President Geingob alone. Are we saying that the president occupied all the seats in the various structures himself or is he a dictator that is making Noriega Ortega look ordinary?
The generation that gave us independence, whatever their original intent, remains national leaders, and should project such a posture when addressing the nation. Any area of this country should be used as a platform for a star rally, and not only our tribal stronghold. The same rally could have been held in Omaruru or Windhoek, and not Oshakati, and in the national language, and broadcast live on all radios.
I bet this is what senior Comrade Helmut Angula had in mind when he went to start a stone factory in Omaruru or Boetie Ben saw when he accepted a resettlement farm in Omatjete and not Oshakati. Why go home, if your intention is to govern the whole country and not only your katekurus.
Challenge each other on merits and not families. I assume that President Geingob calls the First Lady his wife and not a Wambo.
We know it is his wife and not a Wambo. It is distasteful to call yourself Aawambo and others OvaHerero and Zambezian (a people I have never seen) and still want me to believe that you have equal and good intentions for all of us, other than oneself. Please let us address issues of substance, and not place this country on a path that has characterised all African countries.
We dare not polarise this country for temporary appeasement.
Our leaders owe it to this country to keep it one, and united, and if needs be, we starve and perish together as a people. Please come up with the Marshall Plan for the economy, the same way you claim to have defeated the mighty South Africa.
As an old man from Okalongo said on Sunday at a local service station, what happened in Oshakati on Saturday was very low and cheap.
The same as we say those in the president’s camp should exercise restraint, when classifying the current revolt, we also say those in the other camp should not play the sensitive cords of tribal melody.
Let us not lose our sanity during this whole process. We all need each other. I do not wish for a situation where I will only live with those of my culture and become insignificant globally.
This is what Hosea Kutako saw when he consciously opted for Sam Nujoma (Founding President) and not another omuHerero. This is what the ovanDonga king saw, when they sent a regiment to the aid of the trapped OvaHerero, miles away from Onamutoni. This is what made the Damara kings of yesterday open Omatjete and Omaruru to the fleeing flock of the Zeraeua. Had it not been for the Kavango and the “Caprivi” route and hospitality, the war of liberation at Omugulugwombashe would not have remained a myth. Had it not been for those few whites like Smuts, Ruppel and the Lubowski, the legal front would not have been in our favour or the lenses of Liebenberg and Lister, the world would not have known about our struggle. We all earned our right to be Namibian citizens.
The whole country should be our platform and not merely our towns.
Please tell us how you will do things differently, if granted the opportunity.
Please give us your manifestos, extending beyond yourself, and not attack a sitting president, as it will be interpreted as an attack on the intelligence of those who elected him. Tangeni Amuphadi and my good friend Mitiri Angula kept on telling me that there is a difference between an ordinary person beating the tribal drum, as opposed to a person in leadership position.
May God bless this country and ensure that President Geingob wins the first round, for the sake of tribal harmony, peace and development.
The economy is on its knees and we might not have ways and means to get to Siberia. President Geingob should win, and win in the first round.
* Joshua Razikua Kaumbi is a holder of a BA Degree in Political Science (Unam), an LLB Degree (Stellenbosch) and is an admitted attorney. His opinions are expressed in his personal capacity, as guaranteed by the Namibian Constitution
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