It’s all in your hands

15 December 2017
As 2017 draws to a close, State House held its annual review, with the main aim to reflect on the year gone by and to give a glimpse of the road ahead.
The event was to give an honest assessment of the state of affairs of the country by the executive, however, what transpired was nothing new, except for the usual rhetoric that things are fine and everything is working.  
If what was said during Wednesday’s televised annual review is anything to go by, then Mr President, 2018 is going to be a year of implementation and results.
It will be a year in which Namibians would realise their hopes and dreams, while social ills such as corruption will be a thing of the past. After all, you emphasized, Mr President that it has been and remains a priority area for your Government.
If we are to believe the Harambee Prosperity Plan’s progress to date, as presented by the president’s economic advisor, Dr John Steytler, then surely we are on the right path as a country.
Coming from a year in which many things did not go our way as a nation economically, least the downgrade to “junk” status by rating agencies, those that are still clinging onto their jobs by a thread, hope you, Mr President, will deliver on your promises to the country, including the promised prosperity for all Namibians.
The civil servants that might have been wondering if they would have a job come next year, amid speculation of staff rationalisation as part of cost-saving measures to the huge wage bill being drawn by the 110,000-strong civil service workforce, can now celebrate, knowing that you, Mr President, would not allow any job losses under your watch.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Cabinet ministers who challenged you during the past SWAPO Party Elective Conference, as you have left them guessing what you meant when you said 2018 will be a year of “reckoning”.
As a leader, we had hoped that you will not view their challenge during the past congress as a challenge to your leadership or power, but a process in a growing democracy, such as ours.
Having listened to your address after your resounding victory at last month’s Sixth SWAPO Party Elective Congress, where you preached unity, your statements on Wednesday left a bitter taste in our mouths. We wonder what awaits those party members in 2018.
Again, those that had hoped that the Anti-Corruption Commission Director General, Paulus Noa, will be shown the door sometime soon amid allegations of incompetence, should not hold their breath, since you, as the appointing authority, have made it clear that you still have confidence in his person and capacity in the office, notwithstanding the opinions and views of some of your Cabinet ministers and the general public.
Mr President, we urge you to feel comfortable in your role as you have the overwhelming mandate of your party and the nation, as shown by the outcome of the November elective congress and by the votes you received when you were elected President of the Republic.
You are now undoubtedly the “BIG” man in the Land of the Brave and you need not remind us at every occasion.
It’s about time you made peace with your role and make more reference to how you plan to help us out of this precarious position we find ourselves in as a country.
With a bruising 2017 exiting, we hope that come next year, you can divert all your energy on fixing the broken economy and continue to implement measures that will grow the domestic economy and safeguard people’s jobs, without the distractions of trying to safeguard your own job, which you so love dearly.
Let your big heart, not vengeance, be the driving force behind your actions as a leader, as shown by your intervention in the closure of Roads Contractor Company, where 400 workers would have lost their job had it not been for you.
Merry Christmas Mr President and we look forward to what you have in store for the nation in 2018.


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