The RDP is on record and has repeatedly condemned in the strongest and unequivocal terms the unwarranted political interference in the affairs of education and schools by politicians. We have been consequential by stating this for several reasons.
Firstly, padlocking school gates under the instigation of high-ranking politicians in government is a blatant violation of the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia and the Education Act, 2001 (Act No 16 of 2001).
Secondly, the President stands as a spectator, when the oath the President took: to uphold, defend and protect the laws of the Republic of Namibia, is being violated by his own appointees.
Clearly, the actions of those under the supervision and control of the President are inconsistent with what the President is expected to do.
As a matter of fact, mob rule is the order of the day under President Hifikepunye Pohambaís watch.
Thirdly, the Namibian Presidency, under President Pohamba is characterised by vacuousness, indecision and indecisiveness. Indeed, in official communication early this year, President Pohamba suggested that political leaders must refrain from interference in education. This, President Pohamba reiterated during the annual exchange of views with leaders of political parties early this year.
Yet, with stupendous banality, President Pohamba and his own ministers accepted nominations of patronage of schools and have schools re-named after them.
Fellow citizens, irrespective of your diverse political views, which is allowed in a democracy, the Principal of Haihambo Primary School did not transgress any law.
Her transfer is naked victimisation. It is imperative to realise this: this time it is Rosalia Ndamanomhata, the School Principal of Haihambo Primary School, next time it might be me or you. Speak out loudly!
The track record of the Pohamba Presidency is not an impressive one. President Pohamba is spectating while the mob is taking over. There is clearly an alternative.
Jesaya Nyamu, Secretary