Food for Thought
*IT is sickening to see all the expensive birthday congratulations adverts to the President and the Prime Minister in the national newspapers. Are the advertising institutions aware that 49 per cent of the population live below the poverty line and that 51 per cent are unemployed? It seems not.
*LOOKS like Agnes Tjongarero got it all wrong. The Olympic games are not just about winning medals. Our athletes are roving ambassadors winning hearts and friend at the Olympic villages using their God-given talents as best they can to be part of this global gathering of young people. Please be a bit more supportive in your approach and remember we only have a population of a medium size city. NB: The overpaid fat cats in government are certainly not bringing the medals home.
*WE are dismayed at your reporting and personal attack against Bishop Zephania Kameeta. For pure sensationalism you put his picture on the front page implying that he is to be blamed for the crisis in the church. This is simply not true. Ask your informants why they fight the Bishop and jeopardise every initiative taken for the church to become self-sustainable. In his care, the Bishop put up with these very same pastors, who themselves embezzle church funds, which are now causing the problem. Your paper has moved from revolutionary to tabloid. Go back to your drawing board – contribute towards justice and empower the poor the way Bishop does.
– You must have read a different story in another newspaper. Our report made neither a personal attack on Bishop Kameeta, nor did it imply he was to blame for the crisis in the church. If anything, we have reported consistently over the past year about the embezzlement and the people fighting against Bishop Kameeta. The fact is that the Bishop is the head of that church and remains responsible for what goes on there. – Editor
*SHAME on our own ELCRN for not cooperating with the media regarding the issue of non-payment of salaries to church staff. Let us lead by example; practice what you preach. John 10v10. Amen.
*IF the ELCRN fails to pay staff, where do they get money for all the labour hearings and commissions to get rid of workers? Wrong priorities?
*IN Botswana they have a shoot-to-kill policy against alleged poachers. In Namibia we keep innocent people in jail for 13 years or until they die. So what is the difference?
From across borders
*Police surround miners killed during clashes between protesting miners and police near a platinum mine in Marikana
*THE Marikana bloodbath in SA is the most barbaric seen in a free and democratic SA. Did democratisation simply mean replacing a brutal white regime with a brutal black regime? Or how does this event differ with the Soweto uprising?
*What is really going on in this country? Look at what Tjama Tjivikua, Christoph Brock and Paulinus Shilamba earn and we have men and women walking around without jobs. One man is earning N$169 000 per month while the poor are hungry. How many are still out there earning such amounts of money.
*THE Directorate of Examinations has failed us. Those of us who have written the Cape Examination and have lost our certificates do not get replacements any more. Apparently DNEA is unable to trace the examination offices in South Africa yet they make us pay for something they know they cannot help with.
*AT Ariamsvlei primary school pupils are fighting almost on a daily basis and nothing happens.
*THE Van Rooyen family (of Trustco) must think again before wasting our money that we contribute for legal protection, which Van Rooyen now uses to finance Swapo activities. Not all of us are praise singers of former President San Nujoma neither do we want to finance dirty politics.
*THE suspension of a strong man and a founder of RDP Kandy Nehova is similar to the suspension of Nora Schimming-Chase of CoD . The result was a downfall of CoD with Ben Ulenga occupying their lone seat in parliament. RDP must also expect to be left with only one seat for Hidipo Hamutenya in parliament in the near future. RDP, please reinstate your three leaders back to their seats to avoid your downfall.
– Voice of the Voiceless
*I want to know from the Inspector General of Namibian Police if it is a written law that when you are going to a toilet you must sign out in the book and also inform your chief what is happening at crime statistics subdivision in Windhoek.
*THE majority of civil servants do not go on maternity leave, instead they take sick leave because when one goes on maternity leave, the salary is cut and they have to pay all deductions that are normally deducted from their salaries. This practice is very inconvenient. The current system should be changed so that it motivates civil servants to take maternity leave.
*INTER-Africa Security, when are you going to pay workers their salary on time? We are supposed to be paid on the 15th but sometime we end up getting paid on the 20th. If you are not able to pay workers’ wages on time, give a chance to other companies which are able to pay on time.
– Erongo Ndalulilwa
In and From the Regions
*HOW on earth can government give the go ahead to Gecko in the middle of a national park? Why proclaim a park? How much did Gecko pay or which VIP is on board at Gecko’s board of directors?
*CONGRATULATIONS to NBC employees. You continued the strike to demand what you are worth for. You are not like teachers who are underpaid but have no courage to strike.
*NBC can go on with their strike for 50 years. They will not be missed since NBC only accommodate the ruling party and its associates.
*NBC you should cut your salaries and give better service. You are not underpaid when one takes your performance into account.
*KEEP the NBC off the air. They are just a bottomless pit of taxpayers’ money like Air Namibia.
*AT least we are assured of several days of freedom from the Swapo campaign tool: NBC. Please keep the strike even if it is for two years. NBC became a useless propaganda medium which forces TV set owners to finance its useless polarised services to sow the seeds of political hatred, social division and the promotion of a one-party state.
*SWAPO must pay for NBC wage increases. Citizens are turning to Multichoice for entertainment and news.
*I am just realising that I can enjoy life quite well without NBC. What about closing down the entire operation? That would be by far the cheapest solution and hardly anyone would miss anything.
Lost and Found
*I, Agnes Albin, lost my wallet with my ID and NamPost card in Oshakati area. Contact me at 0814544231 or 0813484824
*I, Mbaundja Muhuka, lost my passport in Oshakati in a taxi. If found contact me at 0817118151