By Joshua Razikua Kaumbi
DR Ngarikutuke Tjiriange, I refuse to state what some successfully failed to do when their mental muscles was in use.
I refuse, because John S. Mbiti is teaching us that a child does not laugh at the ugliness of his [parents]. I refuse to attack anyone, but only refresh memories. I blame no one, as the journey had been long, making a recollection impossible without notes.
We are now educated and can read for ourselves, and were present when it all happened. Let us address issues of substance and real concern and not distort facts.
We were all a part of the system that either failed or succeeded.
Some of us remain impressed by the generation that once disappeared into the great expanse of the African jungle, just to reappear with degrees and a level of confidence never seen before on our shores.
Whatever our age and that of our peers, we dare not reconstruct the past.
The profession of law is premised on facts and evidence. The production of evidence is very crucial to one’s point of view.
Since independence, this country has only managed to produce two natives with the title of senior counsel, and the judiciary still remains grossly unbalanced in its constitution. Many laws created specifically and deliberately to favour those of a fairer hue remain largely unreformed and alive on the benches. President Hage Geingob was not minister of justice and the attorney-general when we passed laws that makes it impossible for our brothers and sisters in Cameroon, Botswana and South Africa to return to the country of their forefathers.
President Geingob was not the minister of home affairs when we decided to buy land that we gave for free and constructed a home affairs building to the tune of N$1 billion – money we will never recover in our lifetime. He was not prime minister when we implemented the TIPEEG project, whilst we had no money.
No one can tell what it did to my village, Otjiwapeke, which 27 years after independence still does not have a borehole. He was not minister of housing, when we implemented an ambitious and poorly thought out plan of mass housing, whilst we had no money. He was not deputy minister of health when the health sector spectacularly collapsed under less than watchful eyes. He was not minister of finance when we claimed a fiscal surplus and rectitude, while overseeing an accumulation of crippling public debt, and blowing our share of SACU revenues like toddlers consuming smarties sweets. He was not Swapo president, when it adopted a capitalist agenda. Our country is in this junk status because we spent money that we never had in the first place. We spent money on grandiose institutions not linked to the immediate needs of our people, just to discover that the ticky box was emptied before 21 March 2015.
We inflated the prices of tenders, because we were unpatriotic and callous with our children’s futures. Let us not distort facts for political convenience or for the sake of campaigns. The enemy of colour is long gone, and cannot be used as bogeymen, to keep our combined souls captive to short-sighted interests of apparatchiks.
President Geingob, like the other two candidates, tried his best.
He is the very same person Swapo sent to the Americas to sell the idea of a people in subjugation, whose emancipation had long been overdue, whilst others were sent to the East to cement an already existing relationship. This is the very same person who prepared those who became the administrators of an independent Namibia, including Comrade Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana. This is the very same person who returned to the country in 1989, when most were afraid to leave the comfort of foreign hotels, disguised as so-called fronts. He is the same person who ran a successful campaign, when Swapo was seen as a terrorist organisation.
This is the very same person who charmed those who promised never to be charmed by a person of colour, and united the various ethnic administrations into one.
Whilst we are fighting, let us not forget that we are fighting no one else but ourselves.
If we imagine we are fighting an anomaly amongst us, than we require deeper reflection on our avowed values.
Founding President Sam Nujoma cannot command us now, because President Geingob is the commander-in-chief of all the wings. We cannot remember two presidents and forget that we have a president today.
We should fight for our existence as a nation, and not as tribes.
It is distasteful to sing about the Founding President, when the current president enters a hall. Founding President did his part, and now it is time for President Geingob.
Why did we not raise our hands when he was assigned the most daring tasks, at the most crucial time?
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