Food for Thought
*CAN NamPower explain how it is better to build a power station fuelled by imported coal rather than a power station fuelled by Namibian gas? Gas is also more environmentally friendly, and will lead to more job creation.
Bouquets and Brickbats
*THANKS Madam Gwen Lister for ‘telling it like it is’ in your ‘Political Perspective’ of Friday, April 27. That’s what we want to hear. Keep ‘telling it like it is’.
*I ALWAYS thought Minister Jerry Ekandjo would one day be my favourite presidential candidate because he really fought for this country and nation. As a young man he used to teach us about apartheid, injustice, the advantage of freedom, diversity and freedom of association. That was the reason he was incarcerated on Robben Island. But what he said about Swapo attire and songs in church has shocked me. His attitude towards the opposition in parliament and at Swapo rallies is frightening. Minister Jerry, Namibia belongs to all Namibians and not to Swapo.
*JERRY Ekandjo. Wow! You really insulted my intelligence today. Swapo Party, a party of God? Can you please qualify that utterance? What a waste of my tax, you sitting in parliament and misleading me and two million other Namibians by mixing church and politics. Swapo is a political party, church is a religious organisation, period. That is a difference even a Grade 1 learner appreciates fully.
*I’M really disappointed in Jerry Ekandjo. He, of all the ministers who were in the country during apartheid, doesn’t recognise and appreciate the contribution and the role that churches played during those difficult times. Instead of giving financial assistance to the Lutheran, Catholic and Anglican churches, because these buildings were bombed by the enemy while looking for Cde Ekandjo way back, he rather wants to divide the churches along political lines. Piece of advice Cde, ask your brother Mr Festus Ekandjo how you can assist our church?
*MINISTER Jerry Ekandjo you are embarrassing both us Namibians and your boss who appointed you a minister. Who does not know the difference between his political role and the role of the church?
– Worried citizen
*I AM sorry to say this but Minister Jerry Ekandjo is an anarchist. Everything that comes out of his unguarded mouth reeks of anarchism, arrogance, ignorance, insensitivity, blinkered loyalty and all kinds of isms of the highest negative order. Minister, times have changed. We are now not busy with destroying apartheid and colonialism. That’s been successfully done. We are building a nation!
*MINISTER Jerry Ekandjo the church is not for any political party, the church is for everyone.
Running the Show
*IN November 2009 the Prime Minister launched the Performance Management System (PMS) for six ministries. What happened to the long promised ‘PMS’? Why did the Public Service Charters, launched first in 1996, fail the public? Are there representatives of the political parties out there to give us citizens advice on which way we should best claim the Public Service? We don’t need empty talk any more.
*WHAT is it with the Ministry of Finance? Last year I received a tax refund of N$1. 44 and this year N$11.02. Both times I received a cheque per registered mail even though the ministry has my banking details. How much does the ministry spend on refunds?
From the House
*I AGREE with National Council member PW Katamelo that permanent secretaries should not hold permanent positions. They should have performance-based five year contracts and be audited annually on their conduct in office and adherence to the law.
*MEMBERS of parliament, I was watching ‘News Journal’ and was shocked by the way Swapo MPs insult opposition parties. Please don’t forget the nation is watching everything you do and say in there. You are showing us a bad example.
*PLEASE could the Minister of Education try to send some English teachers to parliament to teach the MPs. Their English is shocking.
*PLEASE Mayor of Windhoek and Minister Jerry Ekandjo, we have been living in Mix settlement for more than 25 years now. We have been promised water and electricity during Swapo campaigns, but nothing is happening. What’s going on? Or are we just voting because of the seats?
*THE Minister of Education never involved the teachers when they had their conference. The teachers are the ones who are struggling with overcrowded classes. They can’t give individual attention to the learners. More schools need to be built in Okahandja. Leave the museums, education is more important.
*GRADUATION ceremonies for Unam are in planning for the weeks ahead. What is going on with the Namibia Institute for Mining and Technology and vocational training centres (VTC)? VTC students who passed their trade tests last November have not received their trade diplomas/certificates? The Namibia Training Authority and Namibia Qualification Authority must do somethìng.
– Worried artisan to be!
*MY condolences to the family of Juliana who died together with her baby. The Ministry of Health must compensate this family. Why should we lose lives due to negligence? This is such a sensitive case to me as a woman. Just imagine the pain this woman and her baby went through! Minister Kamwi get off your comfortable chair and do your job! I think you should actually resign.
*MR President Hifikepunye Pohamba, Minister of Health Richard Kamwi has admitted that negligence caused the tragic death of Juliana Kleopas and her newborn baby. The minister said that the Health Professions Council will “determine what action will be taken against those medical personnel - nurses and doctors found to have neglected their duties”. The first action should be taken against Mr Kamwi. He should be honour bound and accept ultimate responsibility and resign. Failing which Mr President should fire him. In this huge moral issue, there should be no equivocation.
*DOCTOR Kamwi, please put your foot down and send a stern warning to some of those nurses and doctors who neglect their duty by causing the loss of life of a mother and baby in Windhoek of all places? Fire them! They can’t get away with murder!
– Mekupi, Oshakati
*ALLOW me to extend my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of the late Juliana and her late baby. Honestly the President should do something to move Minister Kamwi somewhere else before more mothers and babies lives are lost. Our hearts are in pain because of the health sector in this country.
*MR Kamwi how can a nurse do that to that woman and her baby? What are you going to do as a minister to all the nurses who were on duty that day the mother and the baby died?
*WE enrolled nurses humbly request those who are setting the mature age entry tests to please ask questions relevant to nursing. If you go to a certain school and ask a teacher what does Patogragh or DUB mean, do you expect him/her to give you the correct answer? Do not mix nursing with other issues please! Also the bridging course is said to be ending in 2015. But only one enrolled nurse is being sent from each district hospital annually. Minister Kamwi do you think that all the enrolled nurses will be trained during that due time?
Law and Order
*MINISTER of Justice, what justice can there be if a case is postponed for almost six years? Do something urgently, we are family men. This is happening at Koes in the south.
In and From the Regions
*THE Wenela border post in the Caprivi Region is very dirty. Customs and excise must employ more cleaners. That border post shares boundaries with Zambia.
*PRIME Minister, please come to Epukiro. Seventy five per cent of the water is closed. The sewerage system is blocked. The town smells bad. Health inspectors come and do nothing. Government houses are dilapidated and yet people being charged N$1 000 per month. Build Together houses aren’t complete and they are falling apart already, poor pensioners and San people suffer the most.
*MTC please save us from the interference of Unitel in Angola. We are now unable to use the Internet properly. Most parts of Kavango region are affected.
*THE staff at counter 7 at the Home Affairs office in town is rude and impatient. The minister should send her staff to a centre to receive training on how to deal with people. Please pay a surprise visit, don’t just sit in your office.
*IOL, please get serious and keep your promises. We made an agreement that you would start deducting in May just to realise that you started deducting in April. That’s no way to treat clients.
– El Jay
Lost and Found
*I HAVE found documents for Shifotoka Vistoria Nangula. ID and FNB bob card. Please ---contact me on 081-790-0002.
*I ELIFA T Angula lost my ID, driving licence and various documents in a wallet. If found please contact me on 081-386-2156.
*I AINA L. Shiyakela lost my full birth certificate in Windhoek. Call: 081-315-9680 if found.
*I NESTORY Nghituwashive lost my wallet with all my documents including ID. Please contact 081-292-8151.
Responses to recemt SMSes
*AS a young Namibian academic working at Unam, I noticed that the rules related to promotion have recently changed in a way that is meant to make it hard for local academics to be promoted. It seems to be an interesting coincidence that the top people serving in the critical committees and have the power to change the rules are largely foreigners.