Road carnage, Hepatitis E and Gender Based Violence (GBV) are three scourges battering the country and filling the cemeteries. As we go into the elections season, these three major national issues continue to cause untold misery. Lives are being lost and yet these issues are not the focus of party platforms and action programs.
Parts of South Africa are on fire because of unaddressed smouldering issues left unattended by those elected to run the country. We condemn the violence in the streets of our neighbouring country and worry for Namibians living and working there.
We have been following the various developments emerging from the recently concluded Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) held in Geneva, Switzerland. We applaud the statements of Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta calling for a review of Namibia’s continued membership in that international convention.
While misery abounds in tough times, Namibians are earning their reputation as complainers. If you ask anyone, they can list for you everything they feel is going wrong, but a national holiday of commemoration, such as Heroes’ Day on August 26th, is the time to focus on what is going right and learn something about our shared history.
We recently read a story in a local daily about a spectacular ‘donation’ of N$657 billion for infrastructure development from a company called African Experts Federation (AEF) that was just lying on the table for Namibia to simply pick it up, sign some papers, and review the details ‘later’. Ostensibly, the dinner bell is ringing, “Come and get it!”