The Time Traveler: #Fishrot

The Fishrot scandal has been all over the front pages for more than a month now.
Two former cabinet ministers, Sacky Shangala and Bernhard Esau, await trial on corruption charges, along with four other alleged kingpins in the quotas-for-kickbacks debacle.
“Education is the key to success/ No education, no development/ Come to school to find more, to read and write/ what is education?/ education is the future.”
              My grandmomma taught me a basic wisdom about life that has served me well.  “Never promise a starving man food.  Just serve the meal and let his surprise at being fed be his balm.”  This point rose in my mind immediately after reading promises made by President Hage Geingob, via Acting Minister Kawana that all who lost their work due to the Fishrot corruption will get their jobs back. 
On 27 November 2019, as the ultimate sovereigns, Namibians went to the polls, exercised their undeniable democratic right, and re-elected in their President Hage G. Geingob to lead the country for the next five years. Namibians voted for political parties of their choice, and returned the SWAPO Party as the Governing party.

The Time Traveler: Queues and politics

I voted last week at Dagbreek Special School in Klein Windhoek.
Like most other polling places, the queues were long and moved extremely slowly. I arrived at eight in the morning and left at quarter past four.

Forget about water at your peril

Droughts and monster floods are having devastating effects on the human civilisation, as the situations in much of Africa, Australia, and China attest. Water shares per capita continue to drop, particularly in places where there is little, to begin with.  From rising sea levels to fast-disappearing glaciers, and hurricanes of unprecedented strength, water is headlining many of the planet's most pressing problems.

Numb and disillusioned

I watched the Al Jazeera special on the home-grown Namibian fishrot scandal. When it ended, I felt like someone who was out for a nice stroll in the ‘hood and got mugged by someone I thought was in my crew. I am numb and disillusioned.

The Time Traveler: Courage

‘Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen,’ said Winston Churchill.
Disclaimer: I’m not a fan of Winston Churchill. He may have been all about ‘fighting for freedom’ when it came to white, Anglo-Saxon British people, but his treatment of then-British subjects in India, Ireland, Kenya and half a dozen other places falls somewhere between the imperially callous and the downright criminal.
Do you ever have one of those days where you work late and are too tired to cook by the time you reach home? You definitely won’t want to go home and start speaking with your pots.

Casting my ballot at Heja

With a colleague, I went to vote at Heja Lodge outside of Windhoek.   It was an adventure in frustration. There were logistical faults, lack of crowd control and no respite from the elements. There was poor information dissemination.  At one point, there was a near riot as frustrated people bum-rushed the doors and jumped the queue.  I went out to vote at 10 and arrived back home just before 4. After talking to colleagues and friends, my experience echoed theirs to varying degrees.
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