This year’s independence celebration really affirmed the term “Independence and self-rule”. Thirty (30) or so years ago, Namibia was burning.
Fires were raging from one corner of the country to another. The black majority had made up their minds, that there was a huge need to push away the minority regime that time.
All efforts to engage the settler regime into peaceful, conflict resolution had proven not to work. The settler regime seemed not to understand what the owners of the land were trying to say. They replied, “Pardon me”, whenever the Black man wanted to say anything to them. They appeared as if they were acknowledging that we were trying to communicate with them, but they never acknowledge the contents of our various speeches and would quickly unleash violent means in the Black man’s face through deploying police and army to squash a democratic way of airing ones views.
This naturally led to resistance, leading to retaliation and eventually the taking up of arms by the SWAPO Party led majority to ensure that all are equal. All equal, indeed before God and the laws of the country. All to participate in the conducive business environment that the SWAPO Party and government has continuously availed to each and every soul whose birth records are captured at the database being administered by the ministry that is currently being headed by one of the pioneer women both on the war front and on leadership.
Hard work will indeed bring very good results (Aluta continua at the excellent work in that ministry Comrade Ivula-Ithana. If it’s not broken, then don’t mend)
Independence Stadium in Windhoek hosted the twenty-fifth anniversary for the land of the Brave. History was in the making that day. Namibia and the world at large witnessing one of the rare events where the third President was being installed and accepting the responsibility to lead.
This event was unique in the sense that it re-affirming the notion that the predecessors believe in the continued existence of Namibia past their lifetimes. They all believed, and continue to, that the next person is equally good in the talents that they themselves possessed.
And what makes it more special was that Namibia has seen three (3) Presidents in our young democracy. An event that made all to gather and celebrate, regardless of race, tribe, political and economic status. Rightly spoken before, “No Namibian will be left out”, all Namibians indeed joined in the appreciation of the great values of democracy.
Leaders can indeed be nurtured, the same way we nurture talent. The current President was nurtured by his predecessors. They identified his talents and potential to lead, and they have exposed him to real leadership situations in all key government arms and through international assignments ranging from economic, social and leadership roles. You can force take a horse to the river but can’t force it to drink water.
Our current President didn’t need anybody to force march him to the river. He did so willingly, being driven by his inner spirit to be a leader. Everywhere he led; it was easier to see who was in charge, without even being introduced to him. He is a shrewd implementer; he can be an equal writer on quality, integrity and truthfulness. And I guess this is also what his predecessors identified in him four to five decades ago. And judging by his cabinet appointments, he is telling you and me that he wants you and me to judge him on results.
No matter how challenging the responsibilities will be, he knows what we are expecting from him, and we know what he is expecting from us. It’s not going to be what the government will do for us, but rather what we can do for our government. One can’t claim ownership of a child when you are not doing anything for him or her. One can’t claim ownership of the government (although we always hear that the government is for the people). Yes it is for the people, by virtue of being an elected government. But what are you going to do for that government that you claim is yours?
It is now time that the citizens in this country join our leaders in the fight against economic and social ills that this country is facing. Remember, we once did the same when we were fighting for our political independence. We were united in body and in spirit, and took the enemy head on. All the outside support only came after our friendly nations saw that we will never retreat and that led to our recognition by United Nations in 1975 as the movement representing the interest of the oppressed majority leading to the democratic elections of 1990. From there on, Namibia has been holding constitutional and democratic elections after every five (5) years. And what makes me a proud Namibian citizen is that we have maintained world class peaceful and free elections ever since. We have enjoyed peaceful business environment for the past twenty-five (25) years: Credit to the Founding Father, Uncle Sam, and his successor, the Mo Ibrahim award winning former President Hifikepunye Pohamba. Now the baton has been passed over the current President Hage Geingob, who is a product of the two former statesmen.
The relaxed and jovial atmosphere on that particular day can take one down memory lane. The exciting thing was that, for some of us whose age can be equated to the SWAPO Party years of existence, we can recount every step that this institution has taken. We can co-relate our thinking now to the cause of freeing ourselves from minority rule four or five decades ago. We were filled with joy that overwhelmed us to the point of having no any other option to show our joy. As our disciplined security forces marched in the stadium, my mind was taken back to four decades ago when our elders were strategizing on the modalities that eventually assured our political independence. Majority of them lost their lives for this cause (heroes don’t die). I felt these fallen heroes and heroines where present at the stadium both in body and spirit. I felt they were appreciating the excellent results of the democracy they fought for. I felt they were acknowledging the peaceful transfer of power and offering their support to the new President.
I couldn’t resist. And let me tell you this now; I actually had tears running all over my face. No one beat me up, neither was I feeling any physical pain. I have a clean bill of health and loaded with fond memories of my yesteryear. Don’t call me a cry baby; these were tears of joy, tears of hope, and definitely not tears of sorrow. I am like that FIFA World Cup winner who will shed one or two tears after being dressed with the all important gold medal. After all, I learned from the best. “Jesus wept,” the shortest verse in the bible.
Now it’s time for all to participate. The environment allows one to do so. In fact it calls for one to leave a mark. “No Namibian should feel left out,” proclaimed President Hage Geingob. It’s a clear call to you and I to bring our part and be counted. Government support is more assured than at any other time to support you. Bring forth those economic ideas. Lets us be fishers, not only fish eaters. Let’s explore our economy and above-all let us improve ourselves to be better business people. Yes, yesterday we could go and fish by ourselves, but this time around, we are going to fish and also learn how to swim.