This was prompted by further attacks on my latest article in his “Zoom In” of Friday 8 December, 2006.
He used his editorial and political discretion not to publish my article but responded to it. Thanks to Smithie and his team, of Windhoek Observer, for being there for the weak and vulnerable by giving me a voice in public. They are a voice of the voiceless in Namibia. The intention in this retaliatory article is not to win the debate but to prevent the misinformation to be re-inseminated into the public without being challenged with factual evidence.
Mr Ntinda convincingly argued that: “Discussion, Mr. Mvula, is an exchange of information, argument is an exchange of ignorance…You have stooped so low. This is one of the reasons why I have decided not to enter into public spats with you (any more)!” Differently, I know that argument creates a live debate, produces new information that turns into knowledge and knowledge becomes wisdom. How can an argument become an exchange of ignorance? May be, it can turn into nonsense sometimes! Ignorance is an absence of required, relevant and verifiable information. I have never been “high” to be referred to as having “stooped so low”. Mr. Ntinda cannot run away from my previous questions without giving me feedback from Uncle Nujoma. I am aware that in my language - Oshindonga, the name “Ntinda” is literally associated with terms like stigma, denial, stubbornness or “unbootable”.
Therefore there is no doubt about him labeling each new information as “unrelated issues, pathological lies, sensational rumours, misconceptions or bad mouthing”. Regrettably, the SWAPO mouthpiece’s editor believes that if he fails to respond or find answers to my questions then nobody else will and the article has to be censored. That is, selfishly and dishonestly, a self-betrayal mistake.
I can agree with my good editor that we are not talking about anything new even if he calls it an “old sensational rumour”. It is all about our past attitude and acts, that involve perpetuating inhumane and degrading treatment towards the weak and vulnerable members of our society, which are likely to repeat themselves in an independent Namibia. I honestly do not glorify, entertain or hoist high what the South African Administration has done to our people, as when Ntinda says:
“Pretoria has also mounted a heavy Propaganda campaign – well oiled and well financed”, because the previous, foreign regime was illegitimate, self-imposed, apartheid, stubborn and an incredible one.
It will appear like the fable of a man who was traveling in a thick forest with his two sons. A hungry lion pounced on them, mauled one boy to death and ate him up. The man decided to kill his remaining son apparently because that bloody wild animal had killed the other son. So, who was supposed to be emotionally and biologically affected by such sudden and gruesome deaths, the lion or the father? The concern is, if the self-imposed administrators were discriminately mounting a heavy propaganda campaign onto our people, why then do the former authentic representatives of the Namibia people to the UN, SWAPO, have to inherit and imitate such vicious and heinous acts against its own people who have given it the mandate to run the affairs of this country through free and fair elections of 1989 as Ntinda alluded?
I know that little knowledge is very dangerous. But what constitutes little knowledge is the application of tacit knowledge only. It needs to be transformed into explicit knowledge. This is what I am trying to preach and teach my people to refrain and avoid Mr. Ntinda’s mistake of dependency on the form of eavesdropped and gossiped news or information that can never be supported or verified. I am personally trying my best to put the queries or issues bothering me to the relevant authority, including Ntinda himself, but they are often rejected and thrown back into my face.
Human Rights Activist