Job Amupanda has ‘something’ about him that cannot be ignored. In his own way, he is shaking the status quo tree and forcing a discussion of issues that people usually like to shove under the rug and ignore as often as possible. We are by no means cheerleaders for Job or anyone else for that matter.

We applaud the Government’s recent victory at the Supreme Court, where it ruled in favour of the State in the matter of the N$7 billion airport upgrade contract. The judgement handed down by the justices, means that the Government has dodged a costly bullet at a critical financial moment.

The august Reverend TD Jakes once said, “You can’t drive forward looking in the rear view mirror.” We agree.

Addressing a fully packed SWAPO Star rally in Keetmanshoop last weekend, President Hage Geingob made powerful statements about national unity and Namibian pride. 
During this precarious economic period, encouraging notes from the Head of State are most welcome.
We are concerned that there is not enough substantive policy focus on the tens of thousands who ‘fail’ the grade 10 and 12 examinations in Namibia. 
Presenting viable solutions to the problems that face Namibia requires leadership tools:   full and selfless focus on the problems, open-mindedness to other people’s ideas, and a real understanding of the day-to-day lives of people who are struggling to make ends meet. 
We welcome the opening of fifth session of the sixth Parliament and hope that our parliamentarians can attend sessions, stay awake, read and understand the momentous issues that must be decided and move faster to attend to the multitude of tabled Bills.
The great King Mandume ya Ndemufayo fought the brutal Portuguese and British colonial forces on 6 February 1917; he was 17 years old at this pinnacle of his life, and we celebrate his achievements. 
We bristle with righteous indignation, on behalf of a financially-strapped nation, which has at its helm a leader that boldly speaks about transparency, efficiency and integrity, and yet has as a best buddy and business partner who has been arrested and charged with corrupt practices that may have cost this country over N$3,5 BILLION in desperately needed revenue.

The great land divide

It occurs to us that the unfortunate divide between the people of Namibia is very apparent particularly when looking at two major events of national importance being held this weekend; one in the North and one in the South.
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