Thursday 15 April 2021
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National fixes for shared problems

Namibia’s problems are easy to describe but hard to fix.
Simply put, we know what the shortcomings are but we have no idea how to address them, not even those put in charge to lead the country from poverty to prosperity.
As much as everyone goes about their own business, problems such as corruption, crime, poverty, inequality, hunger, unemployment, tribalism has an adverse impact on us all.
As a nation we need to face the problems that engulf us head-on and in a collective manner.
We simply cannot run away from our problems. Inspired by Ascension Day I feel myself drawn to the bible for inspiration.
In Proverbs 28: The wicked run though no one is chasing him, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
The chapter continues to underscore that when a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.
It also states that a ruler who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no crops. The politicians must take note.
The book of Proverbs also has a special message for the public: “Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked, but those who heed it resist them.
There is need to respect the leadership in the country despite their shortcomings.
The leadership should also note that you cannot demand respect, it is earned.
It is safe to say that problems cannot be fixed in isolation, collective concerted efforts must be harnessed to fight societal evils.
Since the start of the financial crisis late in 2015, everyone has tried to explain how it all went wrong.
They have had plenty to rant about—from global trade imbalances, falling commodity prices and the like. But vision seems to be sorely lacking.
The challenge has been to concentrate on one aspect of political economy instead of trying to explain how the country fell into the financial hole.
One thing we all know too well is corruption.
Corruption appears to be hit hard, at least on surface level.
There should be no protection for the dishonest. A number of cases have started wending their way through the courts and several people have been questioned by law enforcement officers.
Whatever the results of subsequent trials, the word is getting out that people who abuse their office had better be able to justify their wealth.
The overwhelming majority of Namibians who were born or grew up after independence remain grateful to their forefathers who won independence, this is evident in the time those who fought for the country’s liberation have been in power, but the time to vote for men and women who can help Namibia achieve a decent future has come.
Selecting leaders along loyalty lines must fall, those who fail to think critically while in leadership must be ex-communicated.
Back to the Bible, Proverbs 28 verse 27 says “Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.”
This is a verse fitting for anyone elected to serve his/her nation through leadership.
In essence, it speaks about self-sacrifice and serving those who put you in power until the day you leave office.

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