Wednesday 14 April 2021
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Cry O’ Mother Land

We are in a situation that one can honestly not choose to ignore. A moment of so many questions that none can answer. And it’s so sad that some of us just have to look on, folding our arms helplessly. It saddens me to watch my country crumble down like this, a country which paid dearly for its’ independence.

How did we lose track of our economy? Why are we fighting each other? What happened to the ‘One Namibia, One Nation’ concept?  What exactly has gone wrong since 1990? What was done and not done, and who did or did not do it, that has left Namibia in the mess it is in – in 2017?

More to the point, in what measure should we blame our failures and threatening instability on the current government and how much blame should we place on bad governance, corruption and a lack of vision by the elected governments since 1990?

One cannot even lift their head for a gaze, it looks so bad. The country is covered with so much bad news that overshadows the natural beauty of this land. Nothing in this country increases my adrenaline any longer because all I hear and see are things that make my blood boil. Our leaders have turned against each other, calling each other names in an attempt to scoring popularity points or perhaps get the loudest applauses. The blame game is too strong among our leaders. Those who were for something in the beginning are now against it.

At the moment the blame game is dominated by two extremes. Everything is the fault of the Harambee administration or of a pathetic SWAPO, affirmative action, tribalism and corruption.

Not to mention the young ones, who pick every single word we hear and take it for the whole truth.

Tribalism has also taken its toll on our nation and this is the worst thing that has ever happened in Namibia. Worse is that we face it daily wherever we are. Fellow countrymen, there is no cool in being tribal. It has eaten up the fabric of Namibian social life. It controls everything from careers, to picking a leader. We really need to stop dancing to the tunes of tribalism and complement each other as a nation.

It is really a matter of great urgency that we built a new, vibrant nation where everybody would have equal opportunities. The widespread corruption, state capture, enrichment and abuse of resources that we read about every day are other pointers to our leaders’ failure.

I really think that it is important for us as Namibians to urgently seek answers to these questions. If we’re not brutally honest about this, the choice of living in denial will only lead to more problems. We really need to stop pointing fingers and get to face the reality. Let’s start honestly contemplating what went wrong the last twenty seven years. And then fix it.

Nevertheless, if we should win this battle, every Namibian must be involved. And when we pray for our beloved country, let us pray for all those in positions of authority or high responsibility. This is not just about one person taking the big seat, but about all of us taking the biggest prize which is to duel in peace, love and unity.

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