“YOU cannot go into banking if you don’t have money”. Those were the words of our Fisheries Minister Hon. Bernhard Esau when questioned in parliament about the exclusion of the poor regarding fishing quotas for those who cannot afford to set up PTY companies.
Again, just the other day, Hon. Uutoni Nujoma on eNCA news programme Checkpoint, argued that “they cannot give expensive farms to poor Namibians because they will be unable to run those farms”, intending that only the whites and the elite blacks like him should get farms. Let me remind you that those are our leaders making these statements, leaders we vote into power after every five years. These two statements did not just come from ordinary ministers it came from ministers with some of the biggest portfolios in government.
Our people fought for land and for our natural resources, to which they are now saying we cannot benefit from because we are Poor! I now begin to understand how frustrated Bernadus Swartbooi must have felt under the land minister. Land is not just a material possession; Land is the source of life and death. Land should be above commerce and politics. Like a mother who gives her children sustenance without which they would perish so is land to the people. We Namibians are tired of corruption. Before independence, the small colonial elite often lived lives of conspicuous consumption: expensive mansions and lavish life styles. A culture of hard work was absent. Sadly, many of the post-independence elite – both the political and economic empowerment classes took the colonial elite’s conspicuous consumption standard as a benchmark for, what they now call…. ‘Success’.
Such excessively lavish and wasteful “bling” lifestyles enjoyed by a small elite provide fertile ground for corruption, particularly with a background of high levels of poverty, inequality and unemployment. Namibia has a tiny population, we know how the well – connected and their families take us ordinary citizens for a ride. When you have two classic cars of your own and plan to forcefully possess the motorcycle of your neighbour for no reason rather than to sell and make more money because you think you need more money than him, what is such action called?
When a minister is paid a salary as the laws of the land stipulates and he goes further to embezzle the money that is made for the state’s development for his personal need, what can we call the action he took? Is that not greediness?
The reason why our ministers are busy laundering public funds which are supposed to be used for national development into foreign banks is because they are greedy. Instead of solving our unemployment challenges in our country with those funds they find it beneficial to instead embezzle the funds and the masses continues to suffer.
Corruption in Namibia is a development issue, my brothers and sisters, we cannot bear the cost of corruption because it impedes development and minimises the ability for government to reduce poverty. Also, once it becomes entrenched, its negative effects multiply. It induces cynicism, because people begin to regard it as the norm. For far too long, our government has gotten away with blaming the previous colonial administration – apartheid government or opposition like the former D.T.A, leaving them with legitimacy problems. That’s a myth!
Only a few years ago they accused the late Minister Abraham Iyambo, then Fisheries Minister of being “corrupt”, how wrong they were…. May his soul finally rest in peace.
The blood of our forefathers did not water our freedom to what is currently happening in our beautiful Namibia. The youth are getting restless soon they will strike…
Namibian by birth
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