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Ngurare is right

06 February 2015

How many times have we heard African politicians unashamedly blame their failures on colonisation or apartheid? The answer unfortunately is many times.

The ‘blame song’ has become an all-too-familiar song constantly played by our politicians in the ears of gullible supporters and citizens.

From Mugabe’s screeching song on sanctions being the main cause of his country’s economic collapse to Zuma’s song on the evil of apartheid which magically forced Eskom not to invest in new power generating plants 20 years after independence, the blame song has been played over and over and over.

African politicians have become masters of the blame game. Everything that is wrong with our continent is conveniently blamed on the white man or the injustices of the past. It should never be about our own failures, or our inadequacies. No.

As citizens with the most powerful tool of them all, our vote, we continue to allow ourselves to be hoodwinked time and time again.

 As citizens, we have none but ourselves to blame for the state we find our countries in, for the poverty, for the high unemployment and all the other socio-economic ills that befall us today.

Why? Because we have the power to change our miseries by voting into power people that are accountable to us, people who will serve our interests and not theirs or those of their friends.

We have the opportunity to shape our destine by voting into power people who are genuine about improving our living conditions and making our lives a little bit comfortable instead of the mere existence that is our current lives.

But what do we do? Every five years we allow ourselves to be screwed again and again because we vote for people who are only accountable to their pockets, families and comrades.

It is not very often that we find ourselves agreeing with what Elijah Ngurare says, but he must be recommended for his bold assertion this week that it is time for government to admit its failures.

Yes, we have seen a few black men driving the latest top of the range models and living in the suburbs, but equally so we have also seen an increase in the number of squatter camps across the country as most people cannot afford descent accommodation.

We have also seen, under black rule, an increase in the number of people earning meagre salaries not enough to sustain their families as if they are working at sugar plantations.

We have also seen infrastructure such as public hospitals built before independence collapsing as if they have become ghost towns. 

There is no solution in sight for our education system besides just pumping billions into the system hoping that it is some silver bullet.

Many examples abound of government failure. It is high time that those in the corridors of power become accountable to the electorate and resign whenever they would have failed in the execution of their duties.

As we enter into the Geingbo era, we hope that he will be the leader of everyone as he has said on several occasions. We hope that under Geingob’s rule, every Namibian  regardless of colour, race and origin, will be able to ‘eat.’


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