Food For Thought
* WHEN voting, think of the future and not of the past.
* IT is quite disappointing to note that teachers’ day did not really enjoy much respect from the media, besides the day off from the GRN. Teachers are so important in our lives. And we all need to value the contribution they make.
* THE Swapo Party leadership, especially the Secretary General and Mobilisation and Information Secretary, must tell the nation who was responsible for the disappearance of Avid-SSC N$30 million, ODC N$100 million, NDF N$3 million, DRC 25 million, GIPF and the latest Teko scandal, etc. Was it Gwen Lister and the whites? Oh, come on guys get real and try to be honest for a change and tell the truth at your political rallies. It is the right thing to do, or am I asking too much.
* PARTICIPATION of foreigners in our political activities must cease forthwith. I do not want to see Zanu-PF, Unita, ANC or Renamo waving their flags in my country. I am referring to MPLA flags that were reported to have been carried by MPLA youth at a Swapo rally at Ongenga. Our leaders must not lose focus, we do not need Angolans to win an election.
* MINISTER Iivula-Ithana should learn to cope with criticism; while criticism can hurt it can also be constructive. The critical tone in SMSes directed to the Government are not malicious but are only appealing to the Government to improve its service delivery. Surely Minister, the Government is not being criticised for fun, ‘where there is smoke there is fire’. Leave The Namibian alone and concentrate on development challenges which the Government is failing to address.
* MEME Iivula-Ithana doesn’t she know that The Namibian and Gwen had received similar threats from the minority white oppressive regime during the liberation struggle? It burned The Namibian offices but The Namibian kept on telling it like it is. She contributed a lot to our independence. Viva Gwen and the entire The Namibian staff. Still telling it like it is.
* I DON’T know what’s going on with Swapo leaders, when they campaign they criticise instead of promising. Leave The Namibian and Gwen Lister alone! The more you criticise the more they leave and hate Swapo and its top leaders.
– Kicky M
* SWAPO leaders, you are just ruling but you do not own this country, the country belongs to all of us. One day you will be out of the power you are abusing now. Leave the whites and The Namibian newspaper alone.
* OBVIOUSLY the haters also love your newspaper, or how else do they read the SMSes? In fact one of the Swapo stalwarts also sends SMSes. I wonder how many others actually make use of this platform. Keep telling it like it is and if our misinformed leaders have nothing better to say nobody is forcing them.
– A very disgusted Lineekela
* THE ban on The Namibian: Waahaaa what a joke, because obviously even the highest in the Swapo ranks are still reading The Namibian, even what we’re saying!
* PENDUKENI stop crying crocodile tears for your party and or the GRN’s failure to promote and consolidate democracy and good governance. The law is very clear, if Lister and others are violating the law, take them to the courts. You seem to be a racist who is not only trying to vilify but also instil fear among those who differ with you. Stop harassing citizens and start upholding, protecting and defending the supreme law as per the oath you took.
– Action Kateli (Human Rights activist)
* WHAT went wrong with our leaders in Swapo when addressing rallies? Theirs is just to attack some individuals. People attend meetings and rallies wanting to hear future plans of the party and not some personal hatred towards some individuals. You waste people’s time with your personal vendettas. I am more referring to Madam Iithana’s address at Omungwelume as she attacked Gwen of The Namibian.
* DEAR Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, what’s this nonsense of black and white? Looks as if you and (Founding President Sam) Nujoma are both racists, and you call yourselves leaders? Shame on you!
* SWAPO has shown us again that they prepared to plunge Namibia into chaos to keep their gravy train rolling. Stop the hate speech, let’s rather work together.
* I’M a proud, loyal patriot and The Namibian is my newspaper. In the light of Pendukeni’s statement I propose a two-week ban on all Swapo stories.
* MINISTER Iivula-Ithana should stop accusing The Namibian for telling it as it is. Crimes, baby dumping and court cases are the issues your ministry has failed to deal with for 20 years! What positive things are there? Except your ministry’s failure to bring justice to the people. Unlike others, The Namibian’s No 1 puppet will stand by its integrity and will continue to do so. So it’s election year and politicians are panicking or what?
– Duh J Utti
* THANK the Good Lord that meme Pendukeni and tate Sam Nujoma are the only two talking war. The rest of us will live in peace and do our best to make our country a better place to live in. We respect and accept the fact that the next person might have other ideas of priorities and whenever we are told where we went wrong, we will do our best to find a better solution to have a fair deal. That is what Gwen wants and she doesn’t see the colour of your skin, but she can clearly see where you went wrong.
* POLITICIANS are telling us at their rallies what they are going to do about poverty, housing, unemployment etc. But nobody is talking about what they are going to do about the stolen millions if voted into power. Or are they intending to continue with corruption and keep on blaming the whites, imperialists etc? Who is fooling who?
* THE SMS page has become a threat to the GRN. No need to buy faces Gwen, just tell it like it is. We are with you all the way.
– Tekkla Nangolo
* PENDUKENI Iivula-Ithana does not deserve to be Justice Minister with her racist remarks. It puts Swapo to shame.
* PLEASE Pendukeni leave Gwen Lister and The Namibian alone. You must change hate speech. We used to read The Namibian during colonial times.
* OUR rude and confused leaders, in wearing our party colours and flags we are together because of fear, but politically we differ now! Your public statements are putting us to shame! We know where to put the cross without fear and intimidation!
* TO my role model and the strongest woman in Namibia Ms Lister, I’m where I am today because of looking up to her as a fearless role model to many. You rose and now are shining. Pendukeni Ithana wants to bring you down and it’s not going to happen. Hold your head high and long live my hero.
* SECRETARY General of Swapo Party, leave Gwen Lister alone and concentrate on how to curb and minimise corruption! When has she become an enemy? Remember, despite the sanctions imposed on the people’s paper, The Namibian remains the most popular newspaper in Namibia! It is not The Namibian that sows hatred and confusion but the confused Swapo Party! Use your Spy Bill – it will prove beyond doubt that it is in fact us the Namibian individuals that freely send the SMSes and not Gwen as you claim!
– Mr Nuujoma, Ondangwa
* MADAM Ithana. It is not the insults that changed but rather the receiver of your alleged insults by The Namibian paper. Keep them on their toes.
* PRESIDENT (Hifikepunye) Pohamba asked church leaders to promote peaceful elections. Thank you. Then he must also have the same conversation with his party president!
* MADAM Ithana please leave Gwen Lister alone. Namibia is for all of us even though you think you own it. Your problem is, you wanted The Namibian to be biased like NBC. What an embarrassment to have you as a leader! Viva The Namibian newspaper, Viva!
– BLACK GIRL Ndaloloka
* THE Namibian was a “good” newspaper (in the eyes of Swapo) when it was reporting about the atrocities committed against our people, including Swapo, but now it has become “bad” for it is telling it like it is. Minister Iivula-Ithana, be a person of substance and don’t think Namibians are fools!
* LET the nation speak out. Let the paper run a poll on whether it is bad reporting or not.
* WHAT is wrong with Pendukeni attacking Gwen Lister at Omungwelume? Madam Ithana, Gwen is a Namibian and we remember her criticising the racist regime of South Africa in those hard days of our struggle. Please leave her alone for she cannot be gauged by the acts of her grandparents, she has proved her part as a Namibian patriot and who are you to question her. We love you Gwen, black white we are all Namibians.
* SWAPO says: before Independence The Namibian was good reporting. After independence it is bad reporting. What changed, the reporting or the one reported about?
* LISTER has a right to have a political party, but Minister do not threaten your people. Let them have their democracy, that’s what they deserve.
* THE people will decide whether The Namibian is the people’s paper, not Iivula-Ithana. Please note Namibia is a democracy.
* MINISTER Iivula-Ithana is out of context by condemning the SMS page in The Namibian newspaper. This is the only democratic way we can voice our views. Viva The Namibian.
* THE ECN and The Namibian don’t know how to do percentages. If 290 600 voters registered as compared to 83 321 last time that’s a 253% increase not 71,7% as reported on page 5.
– Thank you for pointing that out. – Newsdesk
Children Of The Struggle
* THE report said the Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture Dr Konjore outlined that 1 044 of the 10 106 registered struggle kids have been recruited in the NDF, 29 have been employed as workhands in the parks of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, and a few other jobs and scholarship have been availed because we haven’t heard anything but would like to request a list of those beneficiaries please.
– Letty Wohler
Bouquets And Brickbats
* THANKS should always be given to those deserve it. Here I want to thank and appreciate a new small nurse in Onayena Health Centre. She is a real nurse by nature, treating patients emotionally, physically, mentally, psychologically, and even spiritually. Her last word is the very strong medicine “oto kala nawa ee”! It means “you will be well”. If all nurses could behave and work like her, then healing will just flow! Congratulation young girl and God bless!
– Thankful patient
* OUR proud Namibian nation, who rob accident-injured victims of their cellphones while calling for help, well done. You have shown the world how brave and glorious Namibians are.
* POLICE in Omaheke. I’m a resident of Gobabis, I really want to congratulate all Nampol members, especially Mr Beukes and his group. What they did over the weekend was indeed fantastic.
– I Sibung LM
* HOW come I see Dr Elijah Ngurare’s SMSes regularly in The Namibian? The newspaper is then in all honesty popular!
* HOW on earth are Namibian Police members operating without firearms? Does the ministry know that a Police officer without a firearm is a useless officer? How is he or she going to protect himself or herself if anything serious happens? New members are being sent from the colleges to other places but no accommodation for them is organised. Namibia must be a country with everything well organised. Think before you act always.
* CAN someone tell me what is going on at Tucsin opposite Rössing in Katutura? My daughter could not write exams on October 6 because of the negligence of someone who is responsible for filing the deposit slips of money paid in at Nedbank. So please be kind whoever is there at Tucsin and go for a statement at the bank for our kids’ sake, because money doesn’t grow on trees. We work hard for it!
n I WONDER when our lower divisions will kick off? Every year we have to wait almost four months before we start playing lower league soccer.
– Touch & Go player
* THE Namibian Sport reporter – we want the Namibian Premier League fixtures in Monday’s newspaper.
–The Namibia Premier League (NPL) at times makes late changes to fixtures before matches and we cannot place them ahead of time, only to be amended again. We would rather wait for the final fixtures with the correct dates, times and venues. – Sportsdesk
* MTC, this is serious. We in Mariental (Connect packages) have had it with your poor service. We want our prepayments to be processed within an hour, not three days. There is simply no excuse for treating us this way. We make prepayments to make calls, we can’t simply wait for three days for them to be processed. If the workload is too much, employ new people to suit the load. Show some appreciation for the money that we pump into your business.
– Resident of Mariental
* CAR exhausts contain a range of toxic substances that can have a serious impact on health. Considering above the onslaught against nicotine seems out of proportion and rather ridiculous.
Response from the Ministry of Health
* WE, the community, around the Indira Gandhi Health Centre are not happy with the Okahao District Hospital coming and burning their waste inside the clinic. Our babies and nearby villagers are suffocating. Why did they not burn far from the community? What is the duty of the health inspector? Dr Kamwi come and have a look, we breathe poisons.
It is indeed true that medical waste from Okahao Hospital is burned at the dumping site at Indira Gandhi Health Centre. The incinerator at Indira Gandhi Health Centre has been out of order since December 2008 and the District Coordinating Committee of Okahao District allows the burning of medical wastes from the hospital to be done at Indira Gandhi Health Centre dumping site instead of incinerating them.
The matter has been investigated by the Regional Director and her team on the 16th September 2009.
The District Co-ordinating Committee of Okahao District was informed to stop the practice of burning of medical waste at the dumping site with immediate effect and start taking their medical waste to Outapi Hospital‘s incinerator for burning. The incinerator at Indira Gandhi Health Centre is on tender and will be repaired as a matter of urgency.
The staff members of Indira Gandhi Health Centre were not aware that this practice was causing problems to the villagers of Onemanya area.
The DCC must report all defects to the regional office for further attention. In addition the public is also encouraged to approach the Matron’s office should they have any complaints or suggestions on how to improve the health services at Indira Gandhi Health Centre, Okahao District.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services would like to express their sincere apologies to the community of Onemanya area and the people around the area of the health centre.
Yours in Health
Ms G Kamboo