Food for Thought
*POLITICS is the art of postponing a decision until it is ‘no longer relevant’.
*KEEP them poor and wanting more. Deprive them of their basic rights. The hunger banging on their door will take away their will to fight!’ Old UB40 song. And it is happening in the free Namibia.
Bouquets and Brickbats
*THANK you The Namibian for your souvenir front page. That reminds us of our bleak past where the likes of meme Sara Shiwedha suffered, but only those coming back from exile are recognised. Don’t stop showing us.
– Ayman Gainachas.
*WELL said Mr C Smith! Our government rewards dubious job appointees for bungling their jobs and prevents competent people from doing these jobs properly.
*IT is disgusting that Nampol doesn’t have the decency to acknowledge and take responsibility for the way the bodies of those who died in the recent horrific accident in Katima were handled. Did NBC have to show Mr Mukupi’s body like that? That man has a family. Please be sensitive to other people’s loss and pain.
*Namibia Wildlife Resorts millions lost: The management should be held accountable for the indiscriminate waste of taxpayers’ money.
*HOW bizarre! Namibia Wildlife Resorts where were your architects and quantity surveyors?
*NAMIBIA Wildlife Resorts: it was reported all over the media that Mr Aupindi was there to turn around the company. And how did the auditors miss all these irregularities for the past five years?
*ON June 20, as I was on my home from work around 17h00, I witnessed a group of (school name supplied) students harrassing pedestrians. They were in a school minivan on Robert Mugabe Avenue and seemed to be shouting abuse at pedestrians then laughing among themselves. They even threw some kind of liquid at one man. This is equivalent to bullying! Shame on you! School authorities must address this behaviour before it escalates to worse things.
*PARLIAMENT must enact a law which stipulates the functions of political parties in Namibia. Our opposition parties are too weak, sleeping and powerless. They must be empowered to research and provide monthly reports to the nation on areas like poverty, unemployment, water and food shortages, conditions of roads schools, health facilities and state property, churches, farms to mention but few.
From the House
*MOTIONS in Parliament need to be discussed thoroughly and effectively and need not to be personalised as happening currently. When we look at our leaders discussing issues of national importance it is less of a worry from whom it originates but what matters is an effective and efficient out come.
*IT’S such a disgrace to hear and see how our parliamentarians behave in Parliament! They behave even worse than school children! Constantly making a noise and interrupting whilst someone is speaking, giving the speaker tough time.
*WATCHING Namibian parliamentarians is very embarrassing. Calling others as puppets after 21 years? Listening to a one-sided Deputy Speaker chairing the deliberations. Denying hearing a word that was said by a parliamentarian in the house. Come on national leaders. It is so shameful that we have leaders that are debating in the manner they are. Come on people, let us be professionals in our debates be it in the National Assembly or not. As a nation we don’t see you as serious leaders. Deputy Speaker please side with the discussion and not with the people of your party, otherwise it is not a fair debate. One of the important skills you need to learn Deputy Speaker is listening.
*SHAME on parliamentarians! Do you think alcohol is the worst problem that the country is facing? Talk about the high price of houses in Namibia that people cannot afford. Stop raving against alcohol. We drink because we are frustrated. We can’t afford to buy houses.
Running the Show
*OUR leaders hold such high educational qualifications, yet we have so much of corruption and mismanagement. Says a lot about having a degree and being able to apply the skills. Wake up Namibia appoint people who can make a difference rather than with the letters after their names.
*MINISTER of Works Erkki Nghimtina you are cordially invited to visit all the 13 regions in the company of the media in order to personally inspect all state property and roads. You will be terribly shocked to see dilapidated houses, flats, offices, vehicles; dirty premises full of old and new dry grass and uncollected refuse; bad roads due to potholes etc.
*MR President to solve the current problems in state owned enterprises kindly set up a Cabinet Committee consisting of Hage Geingon, Saara Kuugongela-Amadhila, Nahas Angula and and Tom Alweendo to prioritise headlining-making SOEs and make recommendations to Cabinet on each one of them in three months. The latter in turn should instruct the relevant minister who in turn will instruct the boards. Otherwise boards and management will keep causing taxpayers financial head aches.
*PLEASE Ministry of the Youth Multipurpose Centre in Gobabis which has been under construction since last year is turning into a white elephant. Will the person responsible for approving tenders do something to hurry up the process. The current office looks like Kolmanskop. No signs to show that it belongs to a certain ministry.
A place to call home
*I BELIEVE we all deserve a roof over our heads in Namibia, but with the sky high prices for houses it will not be possible. Can the banks not reduce the interest rates on houses since we cannot afford to buy any more?
*LET me remind NamWater that they don’t buy water and water is a necessity, not a luxury.
*WE at Extension 8 in Otjiwarongo do not have water in our houses and municipality wants N$4 500 cash which is too high for us. Please we need help from government.
Honour your own
*THE names of our beautiful towns and places in our country Namibia is our heritage and must therefore be properly protected at all times for posterity. Otjiwarongo must be pronounced Otjiuarongo as if the w is a u but not Otjivarongo with a v. Okahandja must be pronounced with some emphasise on the -ndja and not as Okahanja and be alerted about the d letter just after the letter n, and do not pronounce Oshakati as Oshikati. There are many more not mentioned here. As citizens, news readers and radio announcers, we must be proud of what is ours and own it. Thanks.
– JB Tjivikua
*DEPUTY Minister Namwandi while you are busy with forensic audits at your ministry and Unam, don’t forget the Namibia Training Authority!
*IS there a rehab centre for drug addicts in Windhoek?
Law and Order
*IS the Minister of Justice Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana aware that the water supply at Rundu court remains cut off? This also happened last year. Who is to blame?
*PLEASE stop blaming police officers for enforcing the laws. They are getting salaries for ensuring that laws are adhered to. Shebeens are a problem!
*I FOR one did not vote for shebeens. Viva law enforcement! If shebeen owners, licensed or unlicensed, are asking to be left alone because they support their families from that ‘dirty’ income then drug dealers should also be allowed to trade freely. Because they are also supporting their families.
*I WANT to know why do we have traditional leaders? Is there any traditional written book clarifying traditional activities? Because people say in a traditional marriage, you have to see the lady’s parents first which is not happening. How will people learn their culture if there are no written books?
*IS it possible for a Government employee to work for seven months without payment. Ministry of Safety and Security please give feedback
*HARRY Simon. I wish you all the best. I am behind you.
– J Kangameni
*CAN the management of Letshego in Windhoek look into the attitudes of the staff in Rundu. They really have no customer relations at all. When you apply for a loan there is nothing you are allowed to ask about, not even the waiting period. All they will say is they don’t know and the customer can phone Windhoek. Please we are clients and we deserve to be helped and treated as such.
*HOME Affairs Oshakati your service is poor. We went there for our kids' full birth certificates and they're all spelt wrong because of their negligence. Now they are telling us to go and make declarations and pay N$30, but its not the people’s fault.
In and From the Regions
*GOVERNMENT should introduce a freeway between Windhoek and Tsumeb. It is becoming impossible to drive on this road during special weekends. Vehicles going north must have their separate dual lanes and those coming back must also have their separate lanes. These must be far apart from each other so that incoming lights cannot affect other drivers.
*HELAO Nafidi town council when will the people from Oshikango locations get water from the town council instead of buying if for N$3 to N$4 per container from those taps?
*THE installation of traffic lights (robots) in a town is a sign of development Viva the Tsumeb town council you are really hard at work.
*AS NBC celebrates its 21 years of service may I remind the corporation that Eenhana and its surrounding areas still have no NBC TV service and radio reception is poor.
*NBC has celebrated its 21st anniversary. NBC TV can you please now come up with stations like NBC1, NBC2, NBC3 to allow programme choices.
Lost and Found
*I FOUND the ID and driver’s licence for Mootseng Donald. Please call 081-128-3810.
*I EVELINA Andreas lost my ID. Please SMS 081-721-1478.
*KLAUDIA Otilie Jafet born 1992-07-28 Otamanzi lost her ID in Oshakati. If found please call or SMS 081-713-86251.
*I LOST my wallet in Windhoek with various cards and my ID for Martinus Lukas. If found please SMS 081-838-7233.
*I LOST my lD between Okalongo and Ohangwena. Please contact Amon Kandume on 081-694-4305.
*I FOUND found an ID for Kaapama Lasarus. Please call or SMS 081-236-1429.
*I LOST my father ‘s death certificate in Windhoek. His name is Teophilus Kapiye. Date of death 17-01-2001 at Oniipa. If found please contact Ester Kapiye on 081-288-8876 or Itana H N 081-149-3705.
*I LOST a full birth certificate for Phillimon Mahoshi Mojela. If found please contact me on the following numbers 085-563-3819/ 081-666-9831.
Responses to recent SMSes
*WINDHOEK is home to Windhoekers. The town in which you where born must be home for you. In this way it will be easier for the government to give everyone a plot or erf in his/her born place.
*PLACE of origin? Shame on you who say that. Every Namibian has a right to travel and reside wherever they please all over Namibia. We all came from somewhere to live in Windhoek.
*CORRUPTION at the Ministry of Education: While we are looking at the catering tenders, let us look at the fleet vehicles tenders? Who are the beneficiaries and friends involved in senior positions at the ministry? Who did the shortlisting of companies that tendered? Bravo Anti-Corruption Commission