Mensah-Williams worried about tribalism

14 Aug 2016 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 14 AUG (NAMPA) – The Chairperson of the National Council, Margaret Mensah-Williams expressed concern that certain parts of the country are rife with tribalism, even though the country has gained independence.
Speaking during the official opening of the University of Namibia (UNAM) annual cultural festival last Thursday, she said such behaviour should strongly be condoned and called for tribalists to be named and shamed.
Without specifying the areas, she added that legal actions should also be taken against such people in order to address tribalism.
“There is no place for racism in Namibia. As a country that was so wounded by apartheid, with divisions that remain visible to this day, we have a big cultural job of acceptance, integration and forgiveness to do.
“We must therefore not waste any time to entertain, in a post-independent Namibia, the skeletons of the past. We must bury them and move on with our lives in a positive way,” noted Mensah-Williams.
She explained that sometimes television, friends and parents reinforce wrong values, and therefore called on students to be careful of what they learn in life from other people.
The chairperson said culture has the power to teach, change lives and solve problems, especially in today's world where violence and mass killing are rampant, and people should therefore use culture for a solution.
“To do this effectively, people must understand culture and must use it positively.”
Mensah-Williams further claim that people in urban areas have deviated from their roots and lost their identities, so the challenge in this modern world is to cling to cultures, “amplifying the good and rejecting the bad”.
That cultural festival was held from 10 to 13 August under the theme ‘Cultural Roots for diverse Identities’.