Food for Thought
*I WOULD really like to know when will the Ministry of Health implement the non-smoking in public places? This is really getting to us now. If we go to any mall or restaurant people are suffering as they are not protected. At Maerua Mall shopkeepers go out of their shops and smoke in the corridors where children and weak people all pass by. So they want to protect their shops but not the environment and the people. I urge managers of malls to ban smoking at all malls irrespective of the law being implemented or not. Can Ministry of Health give us an answer?
– Concerned Citizen
Bouquets and Brickbats
*WE are very quick to complain about so much in our country. May I just thank our government for the beautiful new road from Okahandja to Karibib.
*CONGRATULATIONS to Karasburg police station commander and her deputy. Your town has become a respectable town with morals.
*THE Namibian SMS page is the people’s voice, our very own public parliament where real issues are being exposed and discussed. Telling it like it is! I love it, thank you to The Namibian. May our leaders return to the hearts of the people.
*THE article on underwear in Friday’s The Weekender: The advice in the content sounds healthy but the ending of the article is disrespectful towards women.
*WOULD Comrade Solomon Jesus Hawala be so kind and explain to the youth and born-frees what exactly his job assignment was in Lubango during the 1980s? We are curious to hear about that, it’s our history.
*YOUR Friday headline should have read “SPYL nominates old-age home occupants” to represent youth. What a joke the SPYL has become. Very indicative of the political state of today.
*LAST week you published my SMS where I said that the lack of dignity between the youth leaders would lead to civil war, now on the front page of The Namibian there are three ex-military men, with dubious backgrounds, supported by SPYL. It’s time to worry, Namibia.
– Martin, Acacia
*ARE we really serious about gender equality in politics? The recent SPYL nominations to the top positions in the Swapo Party leave us wondering whether gender balance is taken seriously by the youth? Please be considerate and move towards a 50/50 representation.
*JOB Amupanda needs some serious political and organisational education. The presence of NYC board members at a SPYL congress in their capacity as SPYL members does not translate into formal representation of NYC. His reasoning is tantamount to saying the presence of ministers who happen to be MPs at Cabinet meetings translate to formal communication by Cabinet to Parliament. What naivety!
Law and Order
*I AM concerned about the City Police officers. Last week Tuesday I was stopped by one traffic officer and he was smelling of alcohol. If you go to Eveline Street on Sunday you find them drinking at a certain bar until three in the morning but they have to start working at five in the morning. And they are the ones arresting us for drinking and driving. Please Mr Kanime do something. They must be tested before they start with their duties.
– Worried Citizen
*THE people who clean riverbeds never came and cleaned at Okahandja Park near the soccer field (from Monte Christo to Bokomo). The riverbeds are full of rubbish that is supposed to be removed by your trucks for the last two years now. We also want healthy living. You failed us with electricity but please help us clean our riverbed.
*ON the student pregnancy policy opinion of Friday. What about the boy or the teacher who impregnate the girl, they are left unpunished. They are not even compelled to support the child. During the weekend , I met a former colleague in the North (a teacher). He told me he has fathered 16 children from nine mothers (some are students). Why is he still in that position? The first time he made a girl pregnant, he was told to stay away from school, but his salary was continuously paid into his account.
– Rudolf Q
*WHAT type of a teacher tells children to ‘voetsek’ or ‘I’ll klap you’? Is this how our children are treated at school? Than to hear this is normal because the teacher has been saying these things for many years now. What? As a parent who pays school fees, I find this type of behaviour totally unacceptable.
*BASILIUS Haingura, I suppose you are familiar with the slogans: ‘United we stand, divided we fall’ and ‘People united shall never be defeated’. My question to you is, why do you want to speak to school committee chairpersons only? I suppose the invitation from Nantu Khomas Region was for you and your bargaining team to speak next Wednesday to all the Khomas teachers. Will you please stop this old trick of divide and rule.
*NANTU’S Basilius Haingura is inviting Nantu school committee chairpersons for a meeting to his office. The invitation letter I received was not co-signed by Nantu Regional Coordinator. In Nantu we follow structures and procedures. Despite a standing decision taken by all teachers last Thursday, I find it strange that the SG suddenly wants to talk to committee chairpersons alone. What divide and rule tactics are you now applying, gentleman? As a committee chairperson, I will not attend your Monday meeting. Please let’s meet Wednesday as per the decision of the teachers’ mass meeting.
*THE current rape and murder of females and children is depicted as passion killing. Passion is to endure pain for a good cause. But is killing your lover for materials given love or madness? Are we again corrupting morality gone astray? Current issues relating to this speaks volumes of a society we are creating through our misplaced priorities.
– Muhonge Mujoro, Okaepe
*MY heart bleeds as a woman for all the victims, but are we really that honest to our men? Are we faithful or maybe gold diggers? To all women survivors, if you want to dig gold, dig in your own pocket because there are a lot of business opportunities to make your own money. Let us stop fooling ourselves because we never know who will be next.
*THE veterans benefit left, right and centre while the youth are still in the streets. If things go on like this than we can just forget about Vision 2030.
*WHY is the colour for the breast cancer awareness day pink? In Africa breasts are brown. This is a Eurocentric campaign.
– Martin, Acacia.
*NOT only illegal shebeens should be closed down, but also those were alcohol is sold to under 18s. Some minors even sit and drink at these shebeens with their teachers.
*CIVIL servants, don’t you think the time has come for us to put our feet down and strike. Our voices are taken for granted. Maybe action will speak louder. Increment has been delayed and nothing is been said in the media.
*WINDHOEK Central Prison inmates are beaten to the extent that one took tablets (pills). After the severe beating at the hands of the authorities, an inmate landed in hospital, but was discharged in the meantime. Currently beaten inmates are isolated from the rest. Please relevant offices investigate.
In and From the Regions
*APPOINTING political office bearers to serve on regional tender boards is unethical as it happens in Karas Regional Council, and just as worse as Oshana Regional Council sending its Regional Councillors to attend joint budget hearings that are only supposed to be attended by administrative staff members. Minister Ekandjo, please reprimand these Councils before they cause irreversible embarrassment to our respected Government.
*EENHANA Town Council must relocate the water metres opposite Onawa filling station to its envisaged place immediately. We on the northern side of the road are suffering as contractors building there mercilessly continue to cut and block water flow to our places. Our livestock are deliberately intercepted on their way to the water points, locked up at your kraal and we are charged exorbitant fees when we claim them back.
*TO whoever provides water for Rundu. Despite having an endless source of clean river water you cannot provide water simply because electricity is off. What happened to backup generators or backup diesel pumps? Or bigger water reservoirs? Clean Water is a basic human right.
*WHY is Johanna Benson not nominated for the Sportswoman of the Year category? She is simple the best currently in Namibia.
*CAN Pathcare please employ more sisters to take blood samples so that one does not have to wait 2 hours for a routine blood test.
*SHOPRITE consider to bring a branch to Otjomuise. We will be very grateful because we are suffocating of high prices because of shops which think they can charge any price they want.