BARELY a few months in office, after having been appointed the Vice President of the Republic of Namibia, His Excellency Vice President Nangolo Mbumba made it a point to attend the NFA Debmarine Namibia Cup final at the Sam Nujoma Stadium last Saturday.
Its pleasing to the eye, to see a national leader of his calibre, making time out of his busy schedule to come with the rest of Namibia’s football lovers and enjoy a great spectacle of football action. This type of visit by our national leaders, and despite their political affiliation must be highly encouraged, its extremely rare that we see our lawmakers from the two houses attending sporting events, yet we from the sport fraternity expect these national leaders attend these events. I sincerely hope that parliamentarians will emulate the good example by the Vice President, and start being visible at stadiums when necessary. How do we expect the Sport Ministry’s budget be sufficient if our very own parliamentarians are totally absent from the world of sport. I for one will surely congratulate those Ministers of course a handful of them seen at the boxing events`, an event that must be promoted but what worries me most, not that I am being sexiest but our female parliamentarians are forever absent at national sporting events, why? If possible, I am calling on the speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi and his counterpart from the National Council Magret Mensah Williams to encourage the members of these August house to start attending sporting events.
I’m very well aware that of the national houses the national council boasts more younger members but I still fail to understand their failure in attending sport events. If our politicians change their mind-set and look at sport with a more understanding we might have a sporting nation whose political leaders attends sport events, maybe we will unite this beautiful country through sport. Time has come for our national political leaders to start attending these events, and not just the black dominated sport codes, but our leaders especially parliamentarians must be seen at events such as hocky, rugby or cricket. Namibia has over 52 sport codes affiliated to the Namibia Sports Commission and there is no way that none of our parliamentarians like sports. Namibians including our national leaders need to understand that sport does empower and is definitely a vehicle that can be used in uniting this great nation. For starters, we have the President of the ‘land of the Brave’ Dr Hage Geingob being passionate about sport, but he must also spread his wings and not just seen at football matches but at a number of sporting events. I am yet to see the First Lady Monica Geingos at either netball or rugby matches, and not only there to accompany the husband but must in her capacity as the First Lady attend sporting events.
I’m excited that the vice president has done so though it’s the first time for me to see him at the sporting event, and that when he was the Swapo Secretary General made little effort to attend sporting events but like they say ‘better late than never’. A country with a population of just over 2 million cannot struggle to unite through sport and we have shown that Namibia can stand shoulder to shoulder with world sporting nations at regional, continental or global level. I urge His Excellency Nangolo Mbumba to make time from his busy schedule continue attend sport events when time permits, and also encourage parliamentarians from both houses to make time and attend national sporting events.
Thank you VP Nangolo Mbumba…..
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