As the general election is coming near, in Namibia, and all of you are looking and deciding who to elect as the new President, please do so with an open mind.
I am assuming that most of you that are reading this blog, or on social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, are mostly those of you, who were born around the late 1980’s and or early 1990’s.
So, the stories about the apartheid system and oppression may only be known to you because of what you have been told or read in school. And now, you look at certain issues and then you think that everything is going so wrong. That SWAPO as the ruling party has done this wrong or hasn’t done enough. But from an outside point of view, Namibia is one of the best countries in the world, and only four of the best in Africa, Botswana, Ghana, and South Africa being the other, with great political stability, economic fast growth, and steady rising per capita income.
Some of those things that you feel your current leaders may not be doing fast enough are just minor politics, which happen everywhere. It’s not always the ministers or government officials that must hold those elected in power accountable, but the people themselves. And you, the people, must hold those you elect responsible and accountable, and you can surely do so through your writings and speaking up. Complete transparency is only achieved through people, but only when everyone is involved in the process.
As US President Kennedy once said; “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”. In short, that simply means that don’t just sit back and wait for the government to do everything for you. You have to initiate and do whatever it is that you want to achieve in your life, without solely waiting for the government to do it for you.
And regardless, Namibia is a great place to live; one of only a few places where you guys, since after independence in 1990 have grown up and are still growing up without war (the Caprivi case was just a little ditch compared to what could have happened to the whole country). So, Pohamba and Company, must be doing something good because they have continued to make Namibia a great place to live.
There are many things in regard to economically and politically growth that must happen in order to help make a country an even better place for all, and it won’t happen over night not even after 20 years; it has taken the US nearly 200 years, so give your current leaders your utmost support; create and write blogs; or news columns, and speak up.
They are listening, even when you think they are not. If you see or experience that something is wrong, call them up, ask to speak to them and tell them what you think. They will pick up the phone and speak to you. Or write to them. You just have to stop standing on the side line, complaining about issues, but are not doing anything to help effect good governance.
For a Namibian born living in the States, I’m very happy with how the government of Namibia is running. The only bad thing that could happen from here is, if someone else comes to power and starts acting like some of other African leaders, who may cause discomfort, and interrupt the current flow of peace and stability in the country.
Look back and think; since 1990, you have enjoyed nothing but complete tranquility, peace, and prosperity, and then decide, go out, and vote with a clear mind whether you want to keep the same process of peace, economic growth and progress going forward strong.