A Nation United
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 08:45
THE Namibian nation is back on the unity track and those who want to ignore the resilience of the nation to stick together, especially when the going gets tough, must not ignore the signs that opportunism and populism fail nearly every time.
It is part of the Namibian chromosome that when unity is recognized, division is rejected. This week’s opening of Cabinet and Parliament by the President, Dr Hage Geingob, was significant for various reasons. It was a watershed speech which he delivered to two very different audiences with very different responsibilities, and under extremely difficult financial times and challenges for the whole of the Namibian household.
Clearly, the Geingob-programme intends that the legislature and the executive with their different mandates are compelled by the President to serve the people diligently, and his safeguard is the independence of the judiciary to ensure that it happens within the confines of justice and the Supreme law.
The presence of the Founding President, Dr Sam Nujoma, and his predecessor, Dr Hifikepunye Pohamba, clearly demonstrated their understanding of the problems that the Geingob-government faces, and moreover, their support and faith in their choice for Namibia’s President. Those who hoped that a wedge among the presidents will assist their cause and material ambitions must clearly be disappointed by the show of unity and the realisation that light will not shine through the elite presidential troika.
Two weeks ago, both former presidents also supported Dr Geingob by their presence at the Ovakwanyama centenary celebrations of King Mandume. He uniquely is one of the few heroes of world history with the distinguished honour of being declared a national hero to two nations. King Mandume is not a hero for the battles he won, but is a hero for the values like unity, justice and freedom, he left behind.
There is more proof of support for the Geingob agenda for nation building through rededication and wealth creation, than just the support of the Nujoma/Pohamba stalwarts. The Nujoma/Pohamba/Geingob troika distinguishes Namibia from every other nation in the world and there is no Namibian that does not hero worship one of the three leaders, if not all three.
Until recently and arguably the most powerful democracy in the world, the United States of America (USA), is now gripped by insecurity as the recently-elected President, Donald Trump, is undoing everything that his predecessor, Barrack Obama, has done during his two terms as president through executive orders that are already reversed by the country’s courts.
It is not the case in Namibia as each President, after the Founding Father, Dr Sam Nujoma, stayed the course of national reconciliation and nationhood and none wavered or blinked in the face of the party-political pressures they often faced from within their own trusted ranks. They prevailed by closing ranks in Swapo, for the common good.
Even bigger proof of growing unity in adversity and support for the presidential and government policy of wealth creation and service delivery was exposed through a small news item on the NBC that could easily have been confused for a footnote for everyday politics, were it not for the fact that it concerned the ruling party, Swapo, in Walvis Bay.
Walvis Bay is one of the Namibian communities that is the hardest hit by a shortage of decent housing, unemployment, lack of service and retrenchments, because of the fishing industry, but was the first to publicly endorse President Geingob. For those who might have forgotten, it will be wise to remember that Walvis Bay and Oranjemund were bastions of the party and moreover, the constituency of a the late Nathaniel Maxuilili, undoubtedly a legend of the liberation war who, after independence, struggled twith the Swapo secretary general, Nangoloh Mbumba, for the handing back of the port and the offoshore islands to Namibia. Surely nobody can forget the four years after Indpendence that Walvisbay was not part of Namibia and was protected by South African soldiers. The enclave officially became part of Namibia.
Namibians can also not be suckered into believing that a fight among members of two communities of the South indicates a brewing faction war. It only confirms a miscalculation of the instigators.
Namibians have proven that they are nog going to be side-tracked by personal agendas of political gangsters masquerading as concerned citizens.
Unlike friendships of convenience that almost always end in betrayal, comradeship is the solid rock of loyalty that made Namibia great.