New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: My Hopes for the New Year

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Article Views (non — IT is time we sit back and reflect on what we have achieved as a nation during the year 2012. So much has happened, good and bad, it is therefore only natural for us as a society, managers, church leaders, politicians, students to undertake a post-mortem of where we have done well and where we have done not so well. Once we do so, we will have the wisdom and energy to correct our mistakes and improve.

As a young political leader in the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL), the transmitting belt of the ideology, policies and programmes of the Swapo Party, I am proud and happy over what our organisation achieved last year, having concluded our fifth Elective Congress in an independent Namibia where our leaders were elected in their respective leadership positions for the next 5 years.

All happened under the umbrella of democracy, democracy that was crafted by our leaders, both men and women, during the birth of our independent motherland, commanded by the Founding Father of our revolution Cde Dr Sam Shafiishuna Nujoma. Beside the hardships that they faced in the early 1950s until 21 March 1990, they had much determination, bravery and true love for Namibia.

That is why many of them sacrificed and paid with their blood for the independence we are enjoying today. May God give those that perished for our independence eternal happiness and may He give all our living brave sons and daughters long lives and good health. During the struggle for Namibia's independence the only aim our leaders and many Namibians had was total independence from the evil apartheid regime, in order for us to have social justice, economic independence and emancipation, development, education, peace, as well as equality.

Today most of us can happily testify that all the above were achieved. We now have a university, a Polytechnic, training institutions, better hospitals, a compatible primary health care, a vast road and rail network, businesses and many others. We should all be proud as a nation. However, the struggle must continue. We still have many enemies thwarting our progress as a nation. These are HIV/AIDS, poverty, unemployment, 'legal looting', corruption, hunger, poor education, lack of proper service delivery, insufficient health facilities, insufficient educational facilities, lack of skills, lack of land, lack of real agricultural production to produce enough food, lack of innovation, shortage of intellectuals, poor sense of patriotism, dishonesty, drugs and alcohol abuse, prostitution, women and child abuse, poor support to our young entrepreneurs, poor planning, arrogance in leadership, failing state-owned enterprises, poorly performing ministries, and the list is endless. These enemies could lead us toward being a failed state.

This struggle is very serious and very dangerous. This struggle should be waged by all of us, those that believe in the aims and objectives of the Swapo Party and have their blood in blue, red, and green. The youth should be on the frontline of this struggle. The Swapo Party-led government should not fail. Swapo is the epitome of all the successful stories and achievements in Namibia. Young people of this land have the obligation to redirect our nation to a prosperous future, we can start in our villages, our ghettos, our towns, universities, schools, churches and work places. But for us to get all this right we must see ourselves as Namibians first.

The future belongs to the youth and we should not wait to reach the age of 50 years and above. We should start correcting and assisting those that we have put in charge and remind them that they have social contracts with the masses and that they should not mess up and if they are not listening we must tell them that there is something wrong with them. It is important for the youth to realise (and the process seems to have begun) that it is the policies of today that are going to affect the future and that it makes it that much more imperative for them to have an opinion, as well as to share and discuss such opinions.

It is important to engage in political debates and discussions as it leads to building up of a common idea or viewpoint, something that a democracy like ours is meant to achieve, let our revolution start at restaurants, around coffee tables or even on Facebook because these are the platforms for debate in our time. The youth should not just be a generation that is inherently carefree and be more intent on working in a secure job with a good salary rather than get involved in politics let alone join it. In 2013 and beyond black companies that are currently employing nine employees should triple to 27 employees, non-performing ministers should be replaced, headless state-owned enterprises should have chief executive officers.

Let industrialisation begin from January 2013. Let our government send 10 000 young Namibians for studies all over the globe in fields that will benefit Namibia's public and private sector. Let us have every child at school and have access to a computer and better education. Let the economic policies be designed, driven and spearheaded by the products of University of Namibia, International University of Management and Polytechnic of Namibia, not by British and American citizens.

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