Tuesday 11 May 2021
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Playing with the nation’s emotions

Mathias Haufiku

The struggle to own a piece of land or a house in Namibia is one that is very dear to thousands of Namibians, and in recent months those leading the county have used that to their advantage.
When President Hage Geingob entered into an agreement with the Affirmative Repositioning movement
in July 2015, many Namibians thought the country has finally entered the final stretch when it comes to solving the housing and land woes.
Before independence, even Namibians earning meagre salaries could afford a house. Even those who worked on farms or as domestic workers owned a place they could call their own. Fast forward to an     independent Namibia, things have gone backwards.
Renting property is the modern way of having a roof over your head, tenants are forced to live in dire conditions, pay artificial rent prices and some are forced to settle to live in garages.
The housing backlog in the country currently stands at over 100 000, that is a number enough to start a housing revolution.
When I say revolution I do not mean turning the State upside down or becoming violent, but rather revolutionary militancy whereby those in need will put their feet down and claim what rightfully belongs to them.
When Geingob announced on Tuesday that his administration will only deliver 26 000 new plots and an estimated 20 000 houses, many Namibians paused for a while to ensure that they indeed heard the man they placed in power to better their lives correctly.
Does this mean Geingob reneged on his agreement with AR, do we now have a President who cannot keep his word?
His excuse was that he could not promise things beyond his term, this subtle but arrogant excuse confirms many things about Geingob and the Government in general.
Firstly, he should have thought about that when he signed the AR agreement instead of getting the nation upbeat to save his face.
Secondly, Namibians have been made to believe over the years that the Swapo government is one that value the principles of continuity, how can Geingob now say he cannot promise beyond his term, what about his successor.
Sam Nujoma left us with Vision 2030, Hifikepunye Pohamba left us with Mass Housing, why are you afraid to commit beyond your term Dr. Hage Gottfried Geingob, or are you doubting that your comrades will not be good enough to carry out your plans when you leave power?
Thirdly, this actually tells us that Geingob is doubting whether he can nail down a second term or not.
Fourthly, Mr President, the only    way you can nail down a second term is by sticking to your word. A man never goes back on his promise.
The situation in Windhoek is more painful than any other town, you a have situation where the City Council cannot extend the City borders because a few hand-picked individuals own farms surrounding Windhoek.
The saddening side of this arrangement is the fact that the beneficiaries have signed lifetime contracts for peanuts.
The municipality’s five farms boast a combined 28 220 hectares, but the City only collects rent of N$76 382 monthly.
Sharp pens shape democracy.
Politicians are known for applying the principles of democracy very selectively, today press freedom is their buzz word and the next day things have changed without notice.
The President used his State of the Nation Address to go on a rant against the media-AGAIN.
To many it came as no surprise, but to those who knows about the ideals of public speaking, it is clear that the strategy adopted to blast the media was meant to win the hearts of the people during his address by creating the impression that there is a smear campaign filled with rumours and lies.
The media is there to ask questions, after all, that in itself is the art and core fundamentals that gave birth to the media.
It cannot be right that when you make news for the wrong reasons, you use the tools at your disposal to attack the media but when it suits you, you do not have the audacity to give credit the way you criticize. This is a fete all too common with politicians all over the world.
As we proceed in the Harambee     period, it is the hope of most Namibians that pulling together must be in the interest of a common good. The prevailing tendency of the masses pulling the wagon while the elite minority sit comfortably in the wagon must fall.
Let us Harambee together and support the nation’s prosperity drive.

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