Life doesn’t offer the best of both worlds
This week, most analysts gave rather dismissive opinions to news that Former Minister of Defence, Petrus Iilonga, is contemplating going back to the unions for a second bite at the cherry.
This is after the politician known for being the man of few words exited the cabinet and failed to make it back to parliament. In his own words, Iilonga played his cards close to his chest with The Villager and never really revealed whether he wants another opportunity with the unions or not.
Apparently if the unions give him an opportunity he would take it with due consideration. Perhaps with such utterances, the former minister might certainly be interested in reviving his long romance with the unions but is he still up to date with the reality that the Namibian workers want.
Perhaps it is fair that the analysts felt Ilonga has been away from his roots for way too long. Others even felt that he failed to raise his head when he should have during the Government Pension Institution Fund disputed DCP issue which until now is yet to be resolved.
Others felt like the former Minister is looking for an opportunity to redeem his rather dwindling career as a way of clawing back into politics that supposedly spat him out.
He might have been one of the longest-serving trade unionist but reality is that the ground always has a way of tilting.
What used to be the thorny issues affecting the workers during his tenure are no longer the same issues today. It should also be noted that the relationship between politics and trade unionism is not one that is commendable.
Politics and trade unionism are definitely strange bedfellows. Does he still have the sting needed to deal with the pressing issues that bother workers day in day out?
Will he have the guts to challenge the very same Government that he has served to deliberate on some of the challenges that the Government workers are working on? Unfortunately Comrade Iilonga, sometimes life does not give you the best of the both worlds.
It could be that time that you have to sit and reminisce and tell yourself that you have done exceptionally well and could be time for you to rest as well.
Trade unionism needs young vibrant blood and leaders that are vibrant enough to challenge the capitalism order of today. One must also consider what exactly it is that the former trade unionist Iilonga could offer the workers that he could not offer during his long spell the first time around.
While it is very unfair that others feel the former minister’s attempted return to the unions is a way of looking for bread and remaining relevance, it should also be imperative to note that he needs to rest from the unions because there’s nothing new he can offer.
One also feels that the former minister’s expertise are better needed some way away from trade unionism or politics because he is a dedicated cadre who just does not need to walk the same road that made him who he is today to remain relevant to the modern society.