Food for Thought
*TO have enough resources and deprive thousands of HIV-infected patients from the life saving medicine equals a crime against humanity.
*MOTOR Vehicle Accident Fund why wait for a newspaper article before ‘setting the record straight’?
Bouquets and Brickbats
*SORRY, I might be very wrong here. Music is good, but I am deeply worried about the trend that’s at play nowadays. Our young people, the next generation, tomorrow’s leaders, spend too much time listening to music. When are they going to know about their country? Disappointingly, most of them don’t even know who the minister of education is. Do they at least know half of the current parliament?
*NAMIBIA Airports Company thanks for your media statement in Friday’s paper. But let me tell you that as an employee, a lowly one, I must accept any fate dealt out to me by management. Hope you have a media statement for me too since your ‘restructuring’ will lead me to suicide.
*FACT check much? Nigella Lawson (Weekender) is not divorced. She was a widow who is now happily remarried.
Rest in Peace
*TO the bereaved Pupkewitz family and the entire Namibia, may the Almighty God comfort you during this difficult time. Mr Pupkewitz was a noble icon to the entire nation. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
– Skinny, Outapi
*I’M deeply saddened by Pupkewitz’s death. Dr Pupkewitz thank you for your contribution towards Namibian economic development. You are a hero! I hope they (government) can honour you with a street name. I will be proud to drive under your wings! RIP honourable!
Affairs of the Church
* I’M from Ongandjera, Otamanzi district and attend the Lutheran Evangelist Church. The pastor charged me N$1 000 just to get confirmed and N$1 500 to baptise my baby. I want the Council of Churches in Namibia to investigate this.
From the House
* DEAR President, thanks for the nation’s address, but why not a single word about all those reports of presidential enquiries please!
*HONESTLY, Namibians were left very disappointed by our President’s answers. The nation has got the right to know whether all is well.
– Pastor BA
*EACH day I am losing hope in our political leaders. I am really convinced that these ever recycled leaders should now go home and rest for they have completely and honestly failed to take note of the priority needs of the majority of citizens of this country. While many of our people still live in abject poverty someone is planning on building pavements for cyclists and motorcycles. What line of thinking is Minister Jerry Ekandjo taking to think that building public toilets in each street of our towns will improve the lives of our people? I am sorry but I am disappointed in most of you honourables.
– Sir Kupox
*WHAT is unconstitutional about the walking out of the opposition in parliament? This was a legitimate protest against the government which has been dragging its feet to release the outcome of the verdict on the election results. Further more what immaturity is talked about when the ruling party parliamentarians behave like school children when constructive contributions affecting the electorate are made by the opposition?
*IN response to Minister Utoni Nujoma’s remarks on the opposition parliamentarians walk out: it’s like a big bully sitting on top of a younger child, saying, ‘if you don’t laugh at my jokes, than you can’t be my friend’’. Is he missing the point or what?
*SWAPO booing the opposition who walked out on parliament last week shows how little they care about justice and democracy. Every single Namibian should be ashamed of our justice system. I am.
*VISITING the state at the invitation of the President. Now walking out of parliament when the very president and head of the executive is addressing the nation. Imagine when the executive have to tell the judiciary what to do and when to do it. Can these parties show their concern to the nation by resigning from the National Assembly, that’s the honourable thing to do. How can you benefit from the very elections that you are disputing. Be honest with yourself and the nation.
*I AGREE with Ignatius Shixwameni. Separation of powers should mean exactly that. With over 40 out of 72 MPs being members of the executive I don’t know how we can claim there is separation of powers. The constitution should be amended. Once appointed by the President into cabinet, a person should leave his or her National Council or Assembly seat to ensure separation of powers between parliament and the executive.
Business as Usual
*WHY verbal prices in China’s shops, Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr Hage?
Law and Order
*A POLICE officer accused of taking a bribe, however small, is suspended with immediate effect and taken to court. How come a forestry officer allegedly bribing a community with N$ 5 000 does not receive the same treatment. And why is NamPol not in charge of the investigation? Does government differentiate between cases of corruption?
*THERE is a need for information and communications technology training for teachers . Can the Ministry of Education include ITC in the English proficiency course?
*HOW does a teacher make learners stay in class if they are done with the term work? Term end work is not a joke and I’m not happy with the statement that Mr Namwandi made about teachers. The Namibian citizens should stop undermining the teachers. Can we not for once appreciate what Namibian teachers have done for our nation?
*MR Namwandi, why are you good at intimidating teachers for not doing their work properly but you are not good at intimidating the finance department for not giving us our payslips on paydays? It takes one to two months in Ohangwena for teachers to get their payslips.
*PLEASE Minister of Education Ashipala Secondary School in Elim circuit Omusati Region is charging us a lot of money. In 2011 we parents were asked to contribute N$100 each for the construction of corrugated iron hostels for boys. This year they are again asking us for N$200 for the construction of corrugated iron hostels for girls. Why can’t they ask for help from the government to build hostels since Ashipala Secondary School is a government school?
*WHY were Emma Tuahepa and Lironga Eparu punished? And now there is N$450 million unspent?
*MINISTRY of Labour help us to research Namibian security companies that never pay their guards on times. I know of four companies. They also need to increase the salaries. We make them rich but they never care about us.
* MINISTRY of Education, our bush allowances were stopped without any announcement. Our budgets were already planned accordingly. We were very disappointed just to see it at the banks. We still have to deliver and deliver. Everything is now upside down. A big gap now ... better to work in a town.
– Pello, Kombat PS
*PLEASE Director of Education for Hardap, we the hostel supervisors at most schools in Hardap have not received our supervisory allowance since January (2012). Please investigate because we submitted our nominations by October last year.
*CAN’T The Namibian run a ‘Back of the Book’ section every day? Even if it’s not as big as the weekly one. It’s super interesting.
In and From the Regions
*SWAKOPMUND please redo the environmental impact assessment for the proposed waterfront in Vineta. We do not need a shopping centre on our beach front. What the public agreed to is an aesthetically pleasing people friendly structure, not what is now being built ... an ugly monster that will kill this stretch of beach.
*FNB service consultants are too slow and people stand in a queue for an hour. If they don’t know the job well, they must go back to school. Is there no one supervising them?
*STANDARD Bank Okahandja a customer with no money in his or her account, is not criminal. I don’t need to be laughed at when you check my account on screen my account. Customer service please!
*TELECOM 3G scarsity. I tried to buy a 3G Telecom device at my home town teleshop but nothing. I was travelling the next day so I opted to buy at the next town, but nothing. They were out of stock until Windhoek. Please help.
Responses to recent SMSes
*THE reader on alcohol abuse has no experience of being an alcoholic. Alcohol takes you down quickly. Alcohol brings poverty. Not the other way round.
*PRINCIPALS and teachers are stuck because of our so-called angels from our homes with no manners. That’s why the principal of Dobra did that. Don’t blame her, give her ideas for the next punishment.