28 Feb 2016 16:30pm
RUNDU, 28 FEB (NAMPA) Kavango people are the least prepared to take charge of their own affairs, Professor Joseph Diescho said on Saturday.
Some people need to be ruled by others. Thus, I feel I am in a position right now to duly conclude that the people who inhabit the Kavango East and West regions qualify to be ruled by others, he stressed.
Diescho made the comment during his public lecturer on Civic Participation and Social Justice held at the Regional Council here on Saturday.
It hurts, it is very painful. Others are willing to speak for themselves but Kavangos would be happier to listen to someone from outside than their own.
Kavangos are also very suspicious of their own telling them the truth, he told the audience who packed the auditorium to capacity.
Diescho said Africans are the least evolved when it comes to social justice and civic participation, adding that before he died, Professor Ali Mazrui from Mombasa in Kenya, wrote a very painful essay on this topic.
Mazrui, whom Diescho noted was his teacher, wrote that some communities, even countries, need to be re-colonised.
A fearless Diescho went further, stating that if one sees Rundu clean at any given point in time, it is when the head of state is visiting.
When the president does not visit, Rundu is the dirtiest town.
The academic indicated that people should understand that citizens have the right to participate in issues that affect them.
No country or community has been developed by other people. It is the people inside the community that develops themselves, he said, citing the United States of America (USA), which has an ideological system for its own orientation on the basis of civic participation and social justice.
Diescho highlighted that if it is true the Kavango regions are the poorest in the country, citizens of these regions then only have themselves to blame.
The river is here, the soil is here and the people are here. We are poor not because we do not have resources but because we have poverty in our heads and minds. We have an enslaved mentality.
Diescho also made reference to a book titled The Miseducation of the Negro, in which author Dr Carter Woodson zeroed in on the question, Where is the seed of the problem of black people?
He said Woodson wrote that the, seed of the problem of black people is the black people themselves, and that Black people are unwilling to accept that which is theirs as correct, beautiful and vibrant; they instead look for other things that others bring to them as beautiful.
Diescho's public lecture comes a week after residents of the two Kavango regions staged a peaceful demonstration, demanding that Government devise strategies to alleviate poverty and reverse the wrongs done to people from the Kavango East and Kavango West regions.
They accused the government of having committed a monumental injustice through its unwritten policy of excluding and marginalising the people of the two Kavango regions.
Meanwhile, the well-known Diescho was late last year dismissed from the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (Nipam), which he led as director.
He was dismissed for alleged insubordination, material breach of the employment contract, competition with the employer and non-compliance with resolutions of the Nipam governance council.