A dramatic resurgence of tribalism and other inter-ethnic tensions throughout Namibia are featuring as a growing concern that needs to be addressed and tackled.
Professor Joe Diescho and Phil ya Nangoloh, delivered a public lecture on the topic last night, highlighting the potential threats and how the problem could be handled.
Ya Nongolo said general tribalism is politically motivated and the other is tribalism in the north, formatting of tribal factions.
“Once Namibia is destabilized by tribalism it will damage the country. We need each other in this country,” he said.
Diescho said when he started hearing of the resurgence of tribalism he did not think it was this serious and thought that it was just overplayed in the media.
“We have a problem but do not know much about it,” he said.
According to him, Namibians need to make a point to start understanding what divides us.
He said African leaders are not devoted to build nations.
Diescho encouraged what Nelson Mandela taught, that nation must survive and tribe must die.
“The principle is we are one, we might be different but we are one,” he said. Namibians do not know Namibians, asking how one can expect those to loved ones they do not know.
Diescho said, “what we need in Namibia, we need people who will belief in certain things that will define Namibia. We do not know how to acknowledge one another because we do not know and love one another.”
“There is a lack of willingness to stand up for any group based on facts. We need to speak up, if we do not speak up it will lead to having the country unstable,” he said.
He shot down the culture of leaders wearing clothes of political parties as wrong and very exclusive, stressing that parties come and go but nations stay.
Diescho said, “It is our responsibility to educate our leaders. They must be told with discipline, love and respect.”