Now that we are back from the hype of the festive season, we can open our eyes to the realities facing us. We are a country in crisis with troubles at home and abroad but sadly we’re faced by brutal careless and dehumanising national leadership that only seeks to protect its political survival.
Every year we look forward to read the academic outcomes for the grade 12 learners, a matter of great national interest. Although the results and performances of students are combined efforts of learners, teachers and parents, it is also a reflection of our national leadership.
The person leading this ministry is by all means but a politician and even when the results are obviously poor, she seeks to butter them with positive political speeches. However, what has been shocking for the beginning of 2019 is not her empty speech on grade 12 results, but her view on ‘free education’.
The minister of education, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, recently just made it obvious her inability to lead the ministry she now heads. First, she desecrated the constitution for her own political survival. Secondly, encourage an elitist agenda that would disadvantage families and children who can’t afford education.
Thirdly, proven her ignorance of the act of parliament that made education free for all non-tertiary schoolers. Fourthly, she sought to confuse the nation by creating a caricature of ‘politically motivated populist politicians’ as being the cause of advocating for free education.
When education which is hailed as one of the primary entry points to dealing with social injustice and inequality is headed by people who can’t put a fight for the concerns of the poor, then we’re doomed.
This in itself is but a distraction from her corruption charges, by all means she should have been dismissed ages ago from her position to sort herself out. In 2018, it felt as if the minister of education spent half her time fighting to survive the charges against her.
Transitioning from the poor leadership representation in the education sector, we look at the ministry of poverty eradication. A ministry that should have been but a state department of some kind.
It still amazes me how Dr. Kameeta, in this country with so many socio-economic needs, a championed social justice theologian-politician, returned millions of dollars to treasury.
Should we suppose that the office has successfully eradicated poverty such that it can return money to treasury; or has it failed in drafting effective programmes where the money could be used to help the neediest of our society.
I’d like to suppose that this ministry was established with good intentions in mind. Unfortunately, it has turn out to be a highly place administrative duplication. With all due respect, there is no evidence that this is about to change in this year.
The above two examples, reflect a deeply seated problem that common in our current administration.
Elections are around the corner, yet, the very administration and individuals that have been at the helm of catastrophic leadership failure. We’ve witnessed self-serving leadership, that has thrived on individuals who have nothing useful to say except to sweet talk to gain promotion.
I’m sure Tate Hage is definitely planning to stand for re-election. Sadly, we have to say that this has been an administration of typical empty pollicization of social issues i.e. all talk and big promises while striking deals that benefited the Chinese.
What hope would he offer us as a nation that has witnessed relentless corruption, crumbling of public institutions, political divisions that aimed at rooting out any critical voice from its own members etc. While we’ve witnessed freedom of expression in the public, inner party democracy has been cut short.
With all due respect to opposition parties and their role in a democratic state, they’ve not offered anything credible in this new administration.
They’ve literally reduced themselves to reactionism and day-dreaming. Just like the ruling party’s government they’ve failed to offer the public something worth believing in or following. Therefore, it comes back to the SWAPO government, which at the present and from all sober thinking remains the political powerhouse, that we should ask some questions.
Are we headed towards another term that will just subject us to another term of failed leadership? Are we headed towards another term that will where we’ll witness petty crimes being reported by the ACC, while shielding thieving person that are impoverishing the country?
A new year does not do away with these serious issues and we cannot survive on annual slogans, in the midst obvious deteriorating human conditions. The leadership crisis continues and it’s not about to change.
Finally, as we look forward to another year of elections, perhaps, the citizens should be the ones setting the criteria. We can no longer entrust our progress as a nation to empty politics that are serving the interests of the elite.
As the year starts, we should be the people that politicians tremble to approach because their bread depends on us.
We can no longer watch becoming tools in the hands of people who are leading for their stomachs, while disregarding the needs of the poor and helpless of our country.
Disclaimer: Basilius M. Kasera is Dean of Students at IUM, the views expressed in this article are his own opinion and as such do not reflect those of his employer or his associates.