By Joshua Razikua Kaumbi
THE country’s hard-won freedom should be treated like an egg which is fragile, and which can break if dropped on the ground (Dr Ngarikutuke Tjiriange, 2014).
Dr Tjiriange, why should we drop it for the sake of revisionism or self-serving propaganda?
Why can we not water the roots there where we are?
Why do we need positions to come up with ideas?
It has been two years since they made noise about Geingob doing this and that.
I am yet to hear how they will do it differently, besides a clear revolt against the president.
President Geingob has laid bare his plans for his five years as the president of Swapo – his manifesto – and yet we are to hear how others are going to change, once elected.
Many wants us to believe how President Geingob benefited from them, but no one has yet showed us any proof where and how President Geingob begged them for money or political favours, when he was on political sabbatical.
They all knew that as former prime minister, he had contacts, and they approached him in order to exploit that.
Please tell us if we were all poor at independence, how some made their wealth at the expense of the hardworking majority, if manna no longer falls from heaven.
They all knew that President Geingob was the next in line, the last man of the Swapo trio, and they positioned themselves around him and now they want us to believe that they brought him back from the political wilderness. He exited the prime minister’s office and walked into another posh office.
They want us to believe that the president was a man of straw, when none of his properties were repossessed or auctioned; when there was no judgement against him for non payment in a competent court of law.
It defies logic to claim to have saved a man from bankruptcy and be proud to be seen with the same man in public.
How can this man be selfish, if he is the one who said that Anton Lubowski cannot be forgotten for he “made an uphill struggle easier”?
President Geingob was the one who said that the late Hidipo Hamutenya’s contribution cannot be erased by his time in the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), which was echoed by Founding President Dr Sam Nujoma and the second president, Hifikepunye Pohamba.
He said the cake is big enough for all of us, when he took Comrade Ekandjo and Meme Ithana by the hand and said elders ought not to be humiliated in the presence of the children.
The success of the Home Affairs and Immigration Ministry is due to the accounting officer, Samuel /Gôagoseb.
When we fail, it is President Geingob, and when apparently we succeeded it now becomes me. According to the second president we are bankrupt because the ministers never informed him properly.
Nujoma taught us that although we are one, we are many, when he deliberately appointed from across the country.
This is what President Geingob did with his team. He looked at all groups and said those from the northwest should be represented by Shaningwa, whilst those from the northeast should be represented by Haufiku and Netumbo, because those from the central occupies the position of the speaker. This is the man who said whatever the actions of their kith and kin, Schlettwein and Jooste are no less citizens of this country. He is the same who said whatever their status, the Ovahimba and the San have the right to run their own affairs, experience being human now, and not in the afterlife; those from the South, whatever the distance and their height, has the right to sit in cabinet.
However far the Zambezi sounds, they complete the map of this country.
How can President Geingob not be the one, if he said when she can instil discipline in the house, she can as well be the chairperson of the National Council?
All this he must have done, because of the realisation that the country belongs to all who live in it, those whose umbilical cord are buried in the fertile soil of our motherland. These are all characteristics of a person who is selfless.
Swapo, like the flag that was draped in the blood of our people in 1989, (blue, red and green) is indeed in good and capable hands. We dare not change the hands, not now.
This has long ceased to be about President Geingob or you and I; this has become about our existence as a nation. We are called upon to forget about ourselves, and fight for the existence of our children, as citizens of one country.
We dare not drop this relay baton. We are all recipients of the unselfish acts of the real fighters, buried in unmarked graves.
We dare not throw away this relay baton given to us by those, who despite knowing that they were different in language regarded this country as belonging to all who live in it.
We dare not be apologetic to anyone but ourselves. We dare not loosen the hold over this country, whatever the noise, whatever the classifications. No one at the moment can do better than President Hage Gottfried Geingob. Neither the Swapo Party nor Namibia is in need of another president at the moment.
We all should pray, write, campaign and vote for the sake of our children, wherever they are.
Our generation should choose between reject individualism and elect collectivism, for we matter when we are together. If the roots were weak or dry, the Namibian tree should have fallen a long time ago.
God have mercy on our country!
*Joshua Razikua Kaumbi is a holder of BA Political Science (Unam), LLB (Stellenbosch) and is a practising admitted attorney, who is currently on legal sabbatical. His opinions are expressed in his capacity as a Namibian by birth, and not choice. His next article will be titled – Netumbo Shatumbala Nandi-Ndaitwah: Soft but firm
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