Food for Thought
*PEOPLE who receive veteranís money, though they joined Swapo when it was safe and never risked their lives inside or outside the country, who went abroad to study with lucrative scholarships, who were just members of parliament whose husbands became ministers but never contributed to the struggle, should be charged with giving false declarations under oath. Names of beneficiaries should be published. After all itís taxpayerís money.
*WHO qualifies to be on the countryís legal tender? Is it necessarily politicians or the President?
Bouquet and Brickbats
*IT is always a joy to listen to a well-written, eloquent and presentable speech. Most of our judges should take credit for interesting, researched and well-written judgments. Whilst a very few of our leaders and politicians are impressive, most members of parliament, ministers and regional and local government officials seriously need to hone their oratory skills to make an impact and motivate their audiences to listen to them. Delivering an interesting and well written speech is a far cry from reducing every conceivable human difference to worthless tribal warfare and meaningless debate.
Ė August Maletzky
*I WANT to thank Standard Bank who heard our cry and opened a branch for us in Opuwo. We no longer have to travel to Oshakati. Their service is perfect.
*AN Angolan guy died in Independence Avenue waiting for an ambulance for two hours in central Windhoek opposite the Municipality. Shame on you Namibia; shame on you!
Get your own.
*WHY do some people have to steal our well-cared-for dogs? There are so many homeless dogs that need love and care. Take them then you have done a good deed and freed yourself from stealing and causing pain to so many dog lovers.
Running the Show
*WE would really love to have a TV programme where our leaders have to say what they have done for Namibia to improve the standard of living. Also why does Government not employ young people in ministerial positions?
*DEAR Namibian newspaper, let us not close the debate on tribalism. I donít want to hear about KK, but would like us to openly discuss this evil without pointing fingers. You are a tribalist if: your close friends only consist of people from your tribe, if the only colleagues you socialise with are all from your tribe, if your children only play with people from your tribe etc, then you are a tribalist 100%! President [Pohamba] is on the right track trying to reshuffle people and root out tribalism. Let us not forget that our army colleagues complained about tribalism which was one Oshiwambo tribe against the other. This problem is big. We need to root it out!
*KAVANGO hostels complain of receiving inadequate food. Why canít the Ministry test their scale usage skills and how they prepare food. Inspectors help out. Please pull up your socks, learners are suffering.
*INTEC Namibia, why did this college open a branch in Windhoek if their phone is always on voicemail? Why do you advertise if you are not reachable?
*CAN the Minister of Education explain to the Namibian people why private schools are not monitored? This has become a lucrative business and money-making scheme. Government should intervene now!
A Question of Land
*THE Ministry of Lands should get its house in order. For the past two weeks they have been informing people to register the land on which they stay in the communal area for the sake of clarity. Which land? The time period given is too short and what about the people who have fenced off large tracts of land as camps for their cattle?
*ARE Government circulars, especially at the Ministry of Health and Social Services, implemented at regional level? Dr Kamwi, your people are struggling in Ohangwena Region. Especially concerning the overtime and lunch packs. Can this information be shared with all health employee? It seems to us they do not want us to claim our money we worked for.
*HOW can a nurse render a quality nursing care in the dark? Please help Okakarara Hospital.
*OKAKARARA hospital is in darkness! Please, we are working at night with no power and all patientsí rooms are dark. Please Otjozondjupa Region how can we have outstanding bills for months? Who is responsible for the payment?
Law and Order
*CITY Police please be on the look out of a Toyota Hilux N139032W. This car is a risk to other road users in the mornings between 06h30 and 07h00 in Mungunda Street and Independence Avenue. He is speeding and overtaking at risky places while on his cell phone.
In and From the Regions
*HELAO Nifidi Town Council, why canít you ensure a continuous power and water supply? Oshikango is like living in the dark ages! No power, no water equals no business!
*WE want our jobs back please. Otjihase Mine and its managers have mercy on us. We did not commit any crime. We left due to the closure of the mine.
*THERE is an urgent need for a bus service to and from Khomasdal. We donít all have cars, or the energy every day to plead with these thugs that are called taxi drivers, and we are fast approaching the time change.
In and From the Regions
*YOU focus on Uisís sad mining legacy but the Namclay brickworks is a major Namibian success and deserves more coverage.
*AMONG the Zambian soccer team members who perished in the 1993 aircraft disaster there was a guy called Moses Chiqualaquala, if iím not mistaken. He scored a hat trick or perhaps a double in their last game against Namibia in Windhoek, but I havenít heard his name mentioned among the aircraft victims in the media. Can anyone assist whether I got it wrong or perhaps give me the name of the Zambian player who scored a hat trick or a double against Namibia in Windhoek during the last game they played against us before the team perished. Lastly I salute Zambia for a mission accomplished.
We want to play.
*I AM looking for a chess club for my 11-year-old son. I also need a high-jump coach. Call Eddy at 081-298-9618.
Lost and Found
*NDONGO Ester Ndapewa from Omundaungilo I found your ID. Call 081-775-2066.
*WOERMANN Brock Eros please close your door if you are really still preparing for the day instead of subjecting your clients to the treatment from your security guard. Bad service and unprofessional indeed.
*MULTICHOICE should be renamed NoChoice. We just have to accept what they give. Thatís the problem with monopolies! They are less concerned with the customers.
*JET Store Walvis Bay please employ more cashiers and train them to work faster. There are cashiers who stand and chew bubblegum and talk to their friends while the customers have to wait.
Responses to recent SMSes
From the Namibian Police Force
*TO the SMS ĎCan former Police Officers who left the force by either resignation or discharge re-enter the Police Forceí which appeared in The Namibian of February 15 on page 10.
According to the Namibian Police Force Act (Act 19 of 1990 as amended) Chapter 4 of the Administration Manual: Re-enlistment of ex-members, it reads as follows:
L.1. Members of the Force who resigned, will not be considered for re-enlistment if:
a) any departmental or criminal convictions are recorded against him or her, or
b) he/she did not serve the Force in an honourable manner.
L.2. Only members with specialised skills, knowledge and expertise may be considered for re-enlistment.
Re-enlistment will only be subjected to the requirements, procedures and selection prescribed by this policy.
Allow me to thank the author for the interest shown in the Namibian Police Force.
For further enquiries the author of the SMS can contact our Recruitment office at 061 Ė 209 3384 or Inspector Kauna Shikwambi at 061 Ė 209 3470 during office hours.
*TO my brother/sister who is surprised that a Zimbabwean bank has invested in our SME bank, I have been to Zimbabwe and am sure if the media write the facts and not lies, we would have a true picture of Zimbabwe. We can benefit from Zimbabwe in a number of ways if we work together. They have a lot we can learn from them.
*IN response to the complainant on fashion! We want to know who wore what, be it on the front page or not. If youíre not interested, donít read the article and besides, it wasnít the only article on the front page, so chill.
*A REPORT in the Paris -based Africa Mining Intelligence about our Trade Ministerís alleged irregular financial dealings smacks of high-level international interference in the political affairs of developing nations. Itís like ďGeingob is against our EPA and he could be Head of State - letís smear his nameĒ! And so they continue to want to dictate the direction things must take in their ďpantryĒ Ė Africa! No!
Ė M Sharpley
*WHY should learners not clean their school? They are the ones who use it and make it dirty! Let them learn how to clean effectively and how to prevent littering. The money saved can be used for the school fund.