New Era (Windhoek)

4 February 2013

Namibia: Afrika: The Other Side of the Coin Exchanging Responsibilities for Irresponsible Gobbledegook From Public Platforms

opinion

LIFE is a blessing from God Almighty. All Life is part of His Creation. We live by the Grace of God.

It is with heartfelt and humble sadness that this columnist realised the untimely passing away of a promising Namibian leader, a tried and tested Comrade, Dr Abraham Iyambo. As Minister of Education he served Namibia, the ruling party, Swapo, and the people of Namibia efficiently and effectively. He still had a good future ahead of him. May your soul rest in eternal peace.

In the spirit of the responsible task not only Comrade Minister Dr Abraham Iyambo had taken on, but also an entire, democratically elected leadership of the people of Namibia, it is calming to know that the Swapo Party has emerged united after its congress at the end of 2012.

Not only political leaders should be held to task and called to order from a corporate mainstream media platform. More particularly, the owners of the economy and the media should be under continuous scrutiny. The light has to be shone on them too, as they remain responsible for structured poverty to protect their 'hit-and-run' interests in the assets of not only Namibia, but the continent as a whole. The historic support of and profiteering from colonialism, apartheid, UDI have caused endless suffering for a great majority of indigenous Africans to this day.

To date, many Namibians and their comrades in the SADC region, who fought the colonial-apartheid regime and their international backers, do not know in which of the many mass graves their families and loved ones lay buried. Up until now, this crime against humanity has not been corrected. This is the reason why the African Union (AU) remains incapacitated without much influence on solving the problems of this continent.

It is also the obvious reason why France was able to intervene militarily in the Ivory Coast and topple its head of state, Laurent Gbagbo. France's armed forces now participate in the war in northern Mali, influencing the balance of power in favour of a very weak president of Mali. The war in Libya with NATO's "humanitarian bombing" of the population and the subsequent public murder of Libya's toppled head of state, Col Muammar al Khadafi, is another offensive case in point. France is a member of NATO. This is a direct military intervention into the internal affairs of a sovereign country and state, overthrowing governments, no matter how spin-doctors and propagandists dress it all up.

In the case of Namibia, it would be advisable that vague public statements with the stringing of long-winded sentences together, consisting of hyperbolic platitudes, are equal to irresponsible, empty promises. They merely serve to mislead the public out there, to force the lid on a boiling pot. The indigenous majority does not understand such political mumbo-jumbo. Senior political leaders, who practise such politicking, will eventually bear the brunt of their escapism from real politics.

The public out there is aware and discusses such behaviour and the outcome thereof with family and friends. The majority's realistic intellect and the bush telegraph should never be underestimated.

It is politically opportunistic and cheap to shy away from commitments and responsibilities, at the same time enjoying a safe and good life. Political correctness to rather serve capital and foreign interests in a capitalist global society would indeed mislead all fronts.

This is just cunning politicking and recklessly irresponsible management, which would lead to local instability, playing into the hands of foreign interests. But, it is solid governance to get one's own home in good order first.

Charity always starts at home. No real leader can afford the cheap, chequebook escapism and misleading bluff that is regurgitated by those on public corporate media platforms, who have no sway over anything, not even their own personal households.

One, or two seats in Parliament, deriving an income from the taxpayer, does not make such 'politicians' democratic leaders. In fact, their analysis is not only far removed from the realities on the ground, but remind one of the infantile efforts of immature teenagers, who demand a blinged-up mobile phone from their poor parents, or working siblings.

To add insult to injury is to condemn a responsible politician for having called an illegal and harmful strike to order and taking a stand against the authors of a so-called 'North African-style Arab Spring'.

Wannabe politicians and intellectuals should be reminded that destabilisation in whichever form, or the call for it, is crossing the fine line between democracy and high treason. It has nothing to do with tolerance for, or acceptance of a diversity of opinions and ideas. The laws for high treason in every country are stringent.

Udo Froese is a non-institutionalised, independent political and socio-economic analyst and columnist, based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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