NAMIBIA finds itself in an economic depression and a daily struggle that is hard enough to endure. It is not a trivial matter and to brush issues off as “just politics” is an insult to everyday citizens.
Contrary to a misguided perception and the politicising of every issue in the national household, every Namibian is influenced by the bad economic outlook and bad service delivery.
To make matters worse, the phrase “it’s just politics” rings hollow and is abused as an excuse that pacifies no-one, but inflames the lack of trust that is stacking up against the unaccountable.
The nation doesn’t need, nor deserve to be additionally dragged into a national depression, and beyond the point of losing hope and even lose the will and motivation to still drag themselves forward against the greatest and all odds, because its “just politics.”
It should be known to most, if not all, that even bigger challenges are waiting on the horizon, that no-one might escape or even predict, but it will be part of Namibia regardless of who holds political or economic power.
The Grade 10 and 12 examinations will end in a few days and many schools will wonder how they managed to bring the learners and students to this career-defining moment, considering the obstacles they had to face.
Because everything is “just politics” there is not much optimism that the challenges that are faced by education and training will be solved by cool heads, but might be inflamed by political “hotheads”.
Food production and self-sufficiency is not only a noble cause and a challenge where Namibians can make a significant contribution, but it is an entrenched lifestyle value of most members of societies in the remoter areas of the country.
It is a matter of tradition, culture and pride to produce food for family and community. Communal land is much more than shared land. It is a communal responsibility that reaches deeper than ploughing and harvesting. It is to look out for each other and be the eyes in the back of the heads of the traditional, educational, church and political authorities.
The most humble of gardens of households in the forests and wild areas of the nation, consistently outshine projects. The reason is not better climate, better fertilizers, training or education, but commitment and local knowledge.
It is this committed local knowledge that is equipped and trained to improve the yield, the quality, and the market and the lives of people far beyond the borders of communal communities.
The reality is that food production by the disadvantaged, poor and marginalised means much more than silencing the pangs of hunger, because they know hunger and have experienced it more than often enough.
There are mothers and grandmothers who pass up food in order to send their children to school with an expectation from education, as it was and always will be an investment in the future.
The slogan of “free education” is a term abused by politicians and the privileged, because they want to sidestep their duty and do anything possible to evade paying for any service, but are demanding the best.
In spite of free education, mothers and grandmothers are selling anything, from a loose cigarette to an orange on the sidewalks, to invest the little profit they have for the education of their children. Even if it is not for school fees, it is money they stash away for any need that might arise when a child and a grandchild ask for any educational material, a new shirt or a pair of shoes.
The fact is that parents and grandparents have an unshakable faith that education is the biggest gift that they can give.
In this lies a devil, because when education fails to meet their expectations and values, the sense of betrayal is complete with life-shattering consequences.
Politicians – on local and national level – make a mistake if they think that parents don’t recognize politics and the opportunities for abuse of the ignorant and marginalized.
Namibians are building some resistance against consultants, because of their contempt of local knowledge and misunderstanding of expectations of communities.
The question keeps coming up: what happened to the faith in local knowledge and respect for tested values, and why is it surrendered to experts who don’t have a plan without a price?
Is it as senseless as having consultative meetings and ignoring the result of consultations?
It is one thing for Namibians to be heard, but another to be heard in order to ignore.
It erodes trust and of all the obstacles that Namibians must overcome — like the likelihood of growing unemployment and a still weakening economy and rising debt – trust should be the last thing to be sacrificed.
Namibia should be about the birth of hope and not about the cremation of trust, because it’s “just politics.”
When Namibians hear it is “just politics”, it is the call to get rid of those leaders for whom everything is “just politics” and therefore only in their own interest.
It is an insult to blame everything on “just politics.” It means that Namibians do not have the capacity to understand politics and therefore they deserve to be the victims of “just politics”.
That is not leadership. It proves the worst kind of self-appointed politicians, driven only by greed and entitlement.
Both are mortal enemies of mutual trust that forged a nation that is still able to withstand every political, social and economic challenge thrown at it.
Those who arrogantly pursue this path, might sooner than later find that they are rejected and held in contempt, because for citizens it will then also be “just politics.”
The everyday Namibian will not for much longer vote for politicians, but will seek leaders.That is reality, “its not just politics.”