Food for Thought
*WHY does the Auditor Generalís office only audit some town councils? Is it not mandated to audit the City of Windhoek just like other town councils.
Bouquets and Brickbats
*IF I were the president of this country I would not put my head out of the door today. To take Namibia from 30th on the corruption list to 58 needs some effort. Especially in Africa where the competition is stiff.
*IN China corruption is regarded as an act of treason and can be punished by execution. Here in Namibia it is a sort of joke. By doing this we are inviting not a investors rather more colonialists. Most Africans today are colonised economically, not bythe Europeans or as some people think but by the Chinese, rather by domestic and international criminal gangs and greedy individuals. And we are even talking about a Vision 2030. God help us!
*THERE are too many uncared for dogs walking the streets of Otjiwarongo, especially in town. SPCA please do something!
*ANTI-CORRUPTION Commission please investigate the 26 plots advertised by the Katima Mulilo Town council. No one seems to care plots were allocated on family grounds.
*I AM very perplexed at the rate at which corruption is taking place in our country. It looks as if graft has taken over, with authorities passive on related cases despite the Anti-Corruption Commission. Most of the cases reported to and investigated by the ACC are cleared of wrongdoing. For how long we will let the cases increase at such an alarming rate? I would like to suggest the legal drafters review the current anti-corruption laws to fix any loopholes that may enable bringing culprits to book.
Ė Concerned citizen Michael
*PLEASE Anti-Corruption Commission do something about census officialsí outstanding money.
*CORRUPTION corruption corruption! I believe that the citizens of the Republic of Namibia are fed up with this. Does the Government even care? They donít even have the publicís interest at heart. While corruption is rocketing in the country, what is the Anti-Corruption Commission doing? This is evidence that authority in our country is ineffective, weak and incompetent. Enough is enough!
Running the Show
*TO the Government of Namibia who are the war veterans? Is it only those who were outside the country? What about those who fought from inside? Was their blood not worth it? And now Government is always talking about war veterans who were outside and the kids born outside. Please do not forget that our parents suffered a lot for providing food and hiding you in our wheat store. Please look at us we have suffered. And when are we going to enjoy the fruit of this countryís Independence?
*MINISTER of Home Affairs, please do something. I want to get the bursary for further study but I still don't have a full birth certificate. I have been going to Outapi since July always to hear the same answer - my file isnít back from Windhoek yet. I just donít understand. Next year I want to go to school.
*CAN the PS of the Ministry of Defence please rectify the parking issue at our Ministry. How can shaded parking spaces be allocated to officers, most of whom drive NDF cars, whilst NCOs and civilians are forced to park private cars in the sun and in the street to get damaged and be issued with tickets. This allocation should be reversed and we should just work on the system of first come first served. That concept has worked well over the years.
Ė Concerned employee.
*THE Government is now crying over income tax evaders. How many times have unlicensed jackpot gambling machines in the most parts of Namibia been mentioned in the newspaper? It has been going on for over three years and still no tax is being paid.
Law and Order
*FORMER Chief of the Namibia Defence Force Martin Shalli might face court before Christmas. What about those who were part and parcel of the N$30 million Avid investment/SSC, N$ 1.8 billion GIPF and others corrupt practices? Leave the soldier alone!
*SHALLI is innocent until proven guilty by an impartial court of law. There is nothing that hinders him from applying for an MD post. Namibians, we like drawing conclusions. Letís wait for the courts to pronounce themselves not newspapers. Reports cannot be relied upon as they contain bias based on reporters opinions and this has made Namibian newspapers lose quality.
Note: There is a Media Ombudsman to whom you can address your concerns. His name is Clement Daniels. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel/fax 061 225 344. The cell number is 081-129-8158.
Ė News Desk
*SHOULD the Law Society not withdraw an attorney's licence to practise if they get too old?
*I THINK itís time that taxi drivers take a course in customer service. I took a taxi to town from Pioneerspark 1 on Saturday and the driver swore and didnít have the courtesy to tell me he was going to Dorado Park first. In future I will ask first and then get in a taxi. There are also some kind taxi drivers who help if you do not have enough money and who are honest. Letís treat each other with respect because we need each other. Is there not a hotline where you can report rude drivers?
Ė Sophy K, Pioneerspark
*ARVs (Atripla) from private doctors are taken on an empty stomach, yet to take those from the state you need to eat. Which is right?
*SO disappointed with the Social Security Commission. Please keep to your word and pay in peopleís maternity claims as you said you would. The due date was November 11 and up to now nothing. On top of it all your customer care service is poor!
Ė Unhappy pregnant mother.
In and From the Regions
*ONDANGWA Town Council why have you cut off water for some people who paid their water bills last month even though there are some who did not pay at Omakulukuma resettlement.
*IS it possible for Kefas to hold another dog show as some people were not aware of the advertisement placed in another newspaper? Thank you.
*GOLF is not worth watching without Tiger Woods. Welcome back Tiger!
Ė Crazy fan!
n WHERE can I get a Tigers FC t-shirt, the latest one?
Responses to recent SMSes
From the NBC
*NBC sort yourself out regarding new account numbers. There is no response to e-mail enquiries and your telephone lines are not answered. NBC should be accountable, not me! Extend the deadline once more. Many customers are using these lines not only to get their new account numbers but also to update their contact details result in longer conversations and hence the clogging/engagement of these dedicated lines.
*WHY do I have to pay N$224 for your own sake.
The payment of N$ 204 (and not N$ 224) is a legal requirement.
*NBC please how can you request us to pay out TV licences if nobody is prepared to help with queries?
Please note that our staff at these extensions are all dedicated to accept calls and nothing else.
*NBC TV the board must do something. We need our statements. We donít have credit to call. Send your accounts to each cell phone or bank or post office. Or put in the newspaper.
− Dias ngonga, Luderitz
The decision to go for the new account numbers is allowing for future ease of payments as we have moved to an automated approach as opposed to a manual protracted system Ė all for the convenience of the customers. If you do not have credit to call, please provide our staff with your number and we will be glad to call you back instantly.
*EXPOSING corruption my a_s! The newspaper wants to publish rumours on corruption regardless if that would compromise an investigation or not. If you want to expose corruption why donít you share the information with the Anti-Corruption Commission first. Donít pretend that you have such high morals. It is all for sensationalism and selling your newspaper. And by the way the investigators at the ACC that you are referring to, have done and are doing, a lot of good for this country. Can you claim the same (probably still a youngster so you wont know)? Attack the corrupt and not the people who are trying at least to do something about it. I bet you wont publish this SMS as it doesnít support your cause. Shame on you but what do you expect from a journalist?
*I AGREE with the comment on TV licence invoices via mail. Is it perhaps a lack of critical thinking and or business skills?
*I WONDER how many with HIV avoid those Ďgreen housesí where state patients collect their ARVs. This is basically discrimination of the first order. I support the SMS writer who suggested that patients get their drugs at pharmacies.