It is rather sad and ironic that one of the so-called ‘Struggle Kids’ lost her life at the hands of the trigger happy police at Swapo headquarters. This came on the same day that parliament passed the Third Constitutional Amendment Bill and a day after the country celebrated Heroes Day.
We should not take the recent spate of death threats against Prime Minister Hage Geingob and the Chairperson of the Law Reform Development Commission Sacky Shanghala lightly. While people will always a have difference in opinion on how the state should be governed and on how to do things generally, no one has the right to use that as an excuse to threaten someone’s life with death.
This week’s attempts by the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) to wish away the genuine concerns raised by the Rector of the Polytechnic of Namibia Dr Tjama Tjivikua on why the International University of Management (IUM) receives more funding from the Fund than the Polytechnic of Namibia are a cause for concern.
Advocate Peter Koep sparked an interesting debate this week when he charged that state-owned mining company Epangelo basically operates illegally. He argues that the 2008 Cabinet resolution that created Epangelo and gave it preferential rights to so-called ‘strategic minerals’ has no legal basis.
Swapo has got itself into a right old fix, hasn’t it! The party appears to have been slightly over-enthusiastic in its attempt to burnish its image with political correctness. It amended the party constitution to provide for 50/50 gender representation in all its structures and decision-making bodies.