Food for Thought
*THE expenditure of millions of unscrutinised State revenue, via exemptions from the Tender Board, is going to erode the capacity of the Government to adequately manage our financial affairs. Bribery and kick-backs have become the order of the day. I cannot understand, how any expenditure, can ever have a Tender Board exemption. It is a situation that is crying for abuse. I wonder what other forms of exemption, such as VAT, import tax and the like, exist and are being abused. There must be some very wealthy persons out there, who have become mediators with exemption and taken over the role of the Tender Board. If there is any truth in the report that some seventy five per cent plus of Tender Board business is exempted, we have a problem.
*WHEN the MP's changed the policy so that they could access their pension money it happened at lightning speed but now that ordinary workers want to access their pension money, it's going at a snail's pace. Bear in mind that we need the money for basic needs and housing whereas you needed the money to spend on your luxuries.
We want an apology
*THE German arrogance, excuses and denial towards the demands of the relatives of the massacred communities is in the long run only helping to increase the credibility of these communities' case while portraying you as remorseless and unrepentant. So just get off your high pedestal, submit and apologise earnestly.
– Norman K
Bouquets and Brickbats
*THANK you Rob Parker for your investigations and advice in The Bottom Line Consumer column. I find your column very informative and valuable.
*BIG up to the ex-warrant officer Werner Awarab, for the good service and advice at Swakopmund Police (C.I.D). I pray and hope the Police Inspector General will reappoint you for 5 years again, as you are a strong officer and we still need your good service.
– Ms N, Swakop
*Max Hamata, you failed to sell yourself to the Namibian public on 'one-on-one' program. What was so difficult for you to answer the questions posed to you? Next time change my brother and chewing gum on national TV is unprofessional.
*I just want to thank Mr Wolher of the Municipality for a great job done. The seniors thank you.
– Ms Tobin
*A big thank you to Chantal Kurz and Abel Isaacks in debt management, City of Windhoek. You went out of your way to help me today when I was looking lost and confused! I appreciate your hard work.
*CREDIT must be given where it is due: Eenhana is a town which is growing very fast and we have seen a lot of new developments within a very short period of time, since the new CEO was appointed. Councillors need to give full support to the CEO. We, the residents of Eenhana, have full confidence in him and believe he can take this town to much greater heights.
*WHICHEVER way you look at it there was enough doubt to take ECN to court because of it's own conduct of the particular election in question. As from day one there were discrepancies with the registration process along with the voters roll. ECN (tax payer) should at least cover the cost of the proceedings. On the other hand, I applaud the opposition and the nation at large for their tolerant nature. For I saw and read about election violence in Kenya and other African states, and it's not something to write home about really. In this case, only the voters are the true victors.
*JUST the memorial service for the skulls brought back from Germany and some leaders went with full Swapo colours. Og Namibians, it was not a Swapo event. Sometimes we all must be just Namibians.
*THE voters are either ignorant or dump, because the ruling party failed us for twenty years. They are only enriching themselves and families with Government tenders and corrupt practices and ACC is being pulled by strings like puppets not to touch the big guns. Yet we are still voting for these people. Stop complaining then.
*THE decision-makers of this country see everyone else as dumb. They just keep quiet about issues raised because they know that it will stop after a while. The way this country is run, the economy will follow in Zimbabwe’s footsteps. We are a very small country but rated amongst the most corrupt countries in the world. Shame on you.
In and From the Regions
*MR Noa send down your team to Tses Village Council's office. We want to know about the re-appointment of the village secretary. We want the post to be advertised. Let get another secretary that will develop our village. We want you also to investigate which criteria was used during the appointment of the last positions that were vacant. Please we want things done fairly. No corruption, favouritism or politics.
*NAMPOST is still using tribal biased names for it's postal boxes in three northern towns, namely Okahao (Ongandjera), Uutapi (Ombalantu) and Tsandi (Uukwaludhi). I think our nation is now demarcated into regions, towns, constituencies and villages.
*IT is very discouraging to hear that the newly appointed Chief of Defence Force has ordered soldiers from Otavi base to go do construction work at his NDW farm. Can ACC investigate this one?
– King P
*DR Iyambo introduce HIV-AIDS as a subject in our secondary schools. Otherwise we must forget about Vision 2030.
*NANTU as a union of scholars, let’s find a plan on how best deal with people who are ignorant and irresponsible. the Ministry knew what agreement they had entered in to. We need the bush allowance just as it is written in the agreement? Act now.
*AM I missing something? Does artificial hair write exams or make someone to get good marks? Ponhofi ss learners should study hard for their examinations rather than be cry babies. The school rules says complete school uniform and no artificial hair. I completed at the same school, followed the rules and passed with good grades and I am now in the second year at UNAM.
*NAMIBIA Student Assistance Fund, your new application form is totally confusing and not well designed. Lots of mistakes. How can one answer section 30 and 31, if there are letters and numbers? Do they have courses written in number at tertiary institutions? I want to apply before the due date but I do not know where to answer section 30 and 31.
*DR Iyambo, can you come to our children’s rescue here at Karibib Private School. Our children’s future is jeopardised by incompetence. The Grade 12 higher level exam students were given malfunctioning apparatus save for one student who is not even a full-time student at the school.
*DR Richard Kamwi, please go to Katutura Hospital and see the staff shortage there. How can a ward such as 3A, 4B with 40 patients be run by only one registered nurse and one enrolled nurse while quality nursing care is expected? And when something goes wrong the nurse is guilty. Please do something urgently.
*MS Elaine Trepper, please go to the bridge at Cosmos High School and get the smell.
*HAVANA toilet is broken. We suffer and use bush as a toilet during the night while there is no protection. Why are we suffering like this?
*THE concerned citizens of the Khomas Region would like to know from the police when are they going to take action against drivers talking on their cellphones while driving. This is causing a social problem in our economic realm because people are losing their lives.
*WHEN will the Municipality or the RA realise that the Rocky Crest/Otjomuise crossing on the Sam Nujoma road to Daan Viljoen is the deadliest crossing in Windhoek. How many lives must first be lost before any action is taken by the authorities. Please erect robots or speed bumps or implement peak time traffic control at crossing. That area is suicidal.
*TO be resettled means to vacate current grazing land and give space to others or hand over that farm/unit back to the Ministry so that others get an opportunity. Or are some individuals allowed to own grazing land in communal area on the other hand and in resettlement area? The traditional authorities must look into this to avoid intervention of the ACC.
– Concerned communal farmer from Karas Region
Start an investigation
*MARIA Dax, welcome to GIPF as its acting CEO. Nothing against Mr Primus Hango, the former CEO, but you as a proverbial new broom, what about the idea of starting an investigation about the missing N$600 million - N$600 000 000 in numbers - and then make known the findings of the investigation. Wouldn’t that be a statement regarding fighting corruption, as is so often propagated by members of our Government? By the way, hasn’t an investigation not started already, just to be stopped, when it seemed to be high ranking individuals who were beneficiaries of the said N$600 million? Just an idea at the beginning of you being in charge of our pension fund. Besides that, Ms Dax, I wish you well.
– A female pensioner, depending on the GIPF
*CAN the Ministry of Defence build houses or increase the salaries for soldiers, in order for them to look after their families? The soldiers are paid low salaries and they are not able to cater for their families' needs. Most lowly ranked members are suffering in silence. They are the people who are scattered in Havana, Hakahana, Goreangab and Okahandja Park to mention a few. Bank cards of MoD members are just at cash loan offices.
*IS this what NTB management and board of directors were waiting for? Until when must we keep on wasting resources of our country? All the employees that left NTB went because of maladministration or for greener pastures. We want to promote Namibia in the most effective way that we know, but not on empty stomachs. ACC please help us by eliminating corruption from NTB.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba
*POHAMBA'S era is turning the country for worse. In public sector the salary structure is of poor planning. How can a development planner earn the same salary as a private secretary? You encourage us to get degrees in economics, marketing, etc to earn a salary equaling a secretary with a certificate or diploma. Our top officials misunderstood power and leadership, they need to re-look at this. Pohamba if you are fighting corruption, the root cause is lack of satisfaction.
*WHY are security guards paid so poorly but they have the most risky jobs. They work around 12 hours a day. Government must investigate this.
*THE Ministry of Labour must investigate all security companies. They must pay workers according to the Labour Act. One security company give workers N$2,10 per hour and we have no social security. Is this good for labour?
*NAMIBIANS, let’s stop criticising the Government for ordering the luxury vehicles. We elected them because they are good to us. If they are not, why would we elect them in the next election?
*I refuse to accept that my tax money will be used to buy luxury vehicles for Ministers. Why can’t they buy those vehicles with their own money? It’s not fair.
*NPC, when you will pay our money for the extended days? We worked until September 16 at Otamanzi constituency. Pay our money into our accounts.
*WE worked as census enumerators for Oshikango constituency and we are still not paid our training money while others got theirs long ago. We need feedback from NPC as to when we will get our money.
Law and Order
*MINISTER of Justice. Can you not assist us with cases who are postponed for years without even a plea, especially at the Koës court.
*WE want to hear from our leaders. Mr Geingob, the Ongushu issue appears unfair. If you can stand up against Walmart, why can't you do so for Ongushu?
*CITY traffic/Police: Please check out Bahnhof Street pedestrian crossing near Lewis Store and the school opposite. Taxis come at you from five different directions. One taxi driver was seen doing a three point turn on the actual crossing. There is an accident waiting to happen. Please do something before someone gets seriously injured.
*WANT to see unfriendly, non smiling and probably "can't keep up with the work load" faces, go to NATIS Tal Street Windhoek.
*WE, the community of Groot Aub, want to know where our N$30 we pay for water go to because we don’t receive any proof of payment. If we can’t get our proof of payment, we won’t pay water anymore.
*TELECOM, what is wrong with your internet speed? We pay handsomely, but get low and poor quality bandwidth and speed.
*MR JJ Doeseb and MTC: Be so kind to solve the problem of referees in northern stream first division. We, the teams, get a tough time. Only one referee is sent out for the match and they are assisted by home assistants. Referees get N$100 and assistants N$75 as match fees, while southern stream referees travel three as team and get N$150 each as match fee.
*SETH Boois I salute you for spilling the beans. Let's see what will happen to African Stars after their supporters throw cans onto the pitch when their team score.
Lost and Found
*I lost the key of a Volkswagen car. If found please contact me at 0851247588. Thank you for your kind assistance.
*I, Sara Petrina Stuurman, lost my ID card, smart card, Edgars card, etc. Please contact me on 0817373359
*I, Soilkki Katrina Kamati, lost my driving licence in Windhoek. If found please contact me at 081 230 2001
*ANYONE who has information about Steven Gerbhart,where he is or where he work please contact his son: 0814803626
*JOHANNES Shiimi: You lost your ID, please contact this cellphone number: 0812872223
*FORMER SWATF and Koevoet members leave Swapo party alone. You are not war veterans. What you did is enough. Our houses, mahangu fields and many things were destroyed and people were killed. Say thanks that will promote national reconciliation.
*THE person who questioned Gwen Lister’s citizenship is so typical of those fixated in their struggle credentials. You surely did not hear what Desmond Tutu said a few days ago. You also don’t smell the coffee. We will pray for the demise of this useless Swapo Government.