By Romanus Shampapi Shiremo and Herold Stanley Binda
THERE is a prevailing negative force in the country, emanating from a small sour politically motivated cabal. This cabal has been hard at work to denigrate and denounce every step and action the Hage Geingob-led administration has taken. Interestingly, though they have publicly expressed their displeasure and thus a disinterest at almost everything that President Geingob and his executive has done and is doing, their hypocrisy is fast being exposed for all to see. One thing, that the social media must be thanked for in this modern era, is that it makes it easy to trace ideas of people from the past to the present, and with this platform those who express political ideas that are not genuine are easily caught and exposed for what they are really are-hypocrites and liars.
An issue at hand is the national cleaning campaign that President Geingob has proposed to be done on 25 May 2018. A quick background check indicates that this national cleaning campaign was proposed by a Namibian artist, Eez who suggested that instead of hosting the usual independence celebration on 21 March 2018, President Geingob and his executive were supposed to conduct a national cleaning campaign as a way to take a leaf from Tanzania’s President John Magufuli. Facebook and other social media platforms show that the cabal of hypocrites and liars jumped on the bandwagon and supported the artist in question. We also remember that the Minister of Finance, Honourable Calle Schlettwein responded to the artist via social media by suggesting that in fact for responsible citizens everyday should be dedicated to cleaning and not only on a particular day.
Without disagreeing with the said artist and those who supported him on the national cleaning day, President Geingob suggested another day and not on 21 March. He first suggested 1 May 2018, which falls on Workers’ Day. The same cabal of hypocrites and liars that supported the artist in his suggestion for a national cleaning campaign day switched on the propaganda machinery to show a displeasure and disapproval for the suggested 1 May 2018. They were giving all sorts of reasons why Workers’ Day could not be used for such a cause to which even the recognised workers’ federation wrote to the President to ask for a re-think on the suggested day. And, due to this and other commitments on his schedule, the President shifted the day to 25 May 2018.
For a while, this cabal of hypocrites and liars kept a defeaning silence only to resume their negative propaganda work a few weeks towards 25 May which is planned for the national cleaning campaign day. Saying among other things, the national cleaning day must be dedicated to cleaning corruption in the country and not cleaning litter and other rubbish per se. This cabal is also at the forefront of using social media and fronted-journalists in the mainstream media of want know how much has been raised for such a cause.
We therefore call on the nation to see this group for what it is really for – is to oppose and criticize anything and everything that the President and his executive does. In the words of the late American President Theodore Roosevelt “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Namibia, its towns and capital city Windhoek used to be known and acclaimed as one of the cleanest in the world. As for our capital city, Kigali-the capital city of Rwanda has in recent years overtaken it, to claim its status as the cleanest city in Africa. Without forgetting to celebrate our foremost pan-Africanists such as W.E.B du Bois, George Padmore, Marcus Garvey, Haille Selassie Kwame Nkrumah, Sekou Toure, Andries Lambert and many more for their efforts to unite and fight for what was right for all Africans, the national cleaning campaign on 25 May 2018 will make them smile in their graves. This is a good cause for Namibia and for Africa at large.
We are thus calling upon all patriotic Namibians, old young, able, differently able, men, women, employed unemployed, rich or poor to rally behind the President and his government to clean up the country. Ignore the naysayers and prophets of doom, because this is a good cause.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015