Food for Thought
*THE Namibian reported that Finance sits on the budget book. Is it because of all the errors, accounting and spelling, in the book? We know that there was no general ledger at Finance for the last ten months. To draw up a budget in the absence of a general ledger is nothing else than day dreaming. Prime Minister, investigate the Finance Ministry please.
*MINISTRY of Finance, we have multi-million dollar earners in Namibia who are untaxed. Are these who rentout houses and rooms not supposed to pay tax? We pay tax for N$5 airtime but someone who makes thousands a month is untaxed. Let them also reduce rent prices.
Ė Unhappy tax payer
*CREDITING individual ministerial portfolio holders for governmentís decision is creating confusion for the public. Such decisions are collective Cabinet decisions informed and aided by the relevant Ministry or a cluster of ministries and not individual ministerial incumbents. We must stop fooling ourselves to believe that a minister has done excellent work vis-a-vis minister. Nothing is individual in Cabinet resolutions!
Ė Political observer
Bouquets and Brickbats
*MY father once told me, ďmy child, you can never please everyone.Ē Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has been trying though and I salute her.
*I TRULY agree with Gwen Listersís comment on Political Perspective saying that ministers must be appointed according to experience, knowledge, and skills. A typical example would be to appoint a university rector or professor as Minister of Education, a medical doctor as Minister of Health and a sportsman like Frank Fredericks for Youth, Sports and Culture, an economist as a Minister of Finance! I wonder what goes through Hifikepunye Pohambaís mind when considering the ministerís appointments.
*MUILTCHOICE Namibiaís channels are always repeating old stuff, while increasing the monthly fee. We better pay our NBC TV licences so Namibia can benefit, and we do not simply support another countryís business.
*SINCE when is the Namibia Film Commission an environmental expert? You are making fools of yourselves.
*WHY should the taxpayers bail out Air Namibia every year while they are busy flying with empty seats because the majority of our citizens cannot afford flights. The inland flights should be discounted to allow Namibians to afford to fly their own airline. They must copy NWR. Namibia with its vast long distances, thatís why we have a lot of road accidents.
*CAN Nampost couriers please deliver my package. Itís been a week now! I am tired of wasting my airtime calling them. Waybill number: 12593860.
*STANDARD Bank, whatís wrong with you? Your structures are wrong. Too many inexperienced managers and too little trained staff! Exactly the same as our beloved defence force.
*CAN we (all Namibians) please debate the issue of the manner in which MultiChoice Namibia, without justifiable reason increases their subscription fee by N$30. I tried to enquire without success. Surely, this cannot be on account of inflation because it is really not compatible.
*WE want to see each region having youth centres and youth hostels. We want recreational and sports facilities for the youth to keep them off the streets and from all negative issues. Minister, motivate your budget with those factors please.
*CITY of Windhoek, a solution for the rubbish in Florence Nightingale Street; pave the sidewalks.
*City of Windhoek, please provide Okahandja Park with toilets.
*City of Windhoek, we, the residents of Wanaheda suburb deserve tarred streets. Wanaheda is one of the first Windhoek suburbs and I see no reason why it is not tarred while you are tarring newly created settlements like Oohambo dha Nehale and the rest. What is wrong? This is poor planning.
*FLORENCE Nightingale street is worse than it was before. ACC, please investigate!
*Principal of People Primary School, please refund our money. Why donít you want to refund some parents?
*DAVID Namwandi, your ministry received N$10 billion from the budget. It means deliver, deliver and deliver. Nothing else!
*NAMCOL, you disappointed us this year! How can textbooks get finished within two weeks? I went to register in January but I was told to come back, I went back and only commerce and science subjects were available. I have been going there to check until the last day of registration. Tell me what happened?
*TEACHERS why should you beat a child for coming late or for any other reason? We send our kids early in the morning but irresponsible taxis and heavy traffic keep them late. That doesnít give you reason to beat a child. Please, education is not army training.
Ė Concerned parent.
*RICHARD Kamwi, now that your ministry has received a large chunk of the budget we want to see more doctors and clinics across our country and an improvement in the behaviour of your staff, especially sisters or nurses. We donít want queues at your clinics again.
*I WAS admitted to Katutura Hospital a few weeks ago and I always had to go home to use the toilet and shower! Minister Kamwi, do you ever go into these toilets? Is that what we call health?
*THE school secretaries have not received the eight percent yet. How long should it take?
*PEOPLE who are studying human resource management are wasting their time and money. The government pays them peanuts. I am a translator at the Ministry of Justice with only Grade 10 and I get the same salary as those with a degree. The government favours me with my Grade 10 not those with Human Resource degrees because we boast the same salary.
*IT is disgusting that Namibians still praise the UN and Swapo Party for having facilitated our independence and the ruling party for negotiating the best interests of our people, when our economic freedom was sacrificed at the altar of the UN. Swapo sold us to the western capitalist system and its so-called socialist ideology died a long time ago. That is why poor Namibians will continue to suffer despite the abundant natural resources we have, but owned by multi-national companies in collaboration with the elites of this country. Kudos to Comrade Robert Mugabe for standing his ground against all the odds!
In and from the Regions
*GOVERNOR Swartbooi, it pains me to realise that being a low income citizen born in the south, itís never possible to get a residential plot since we have to compete with rich business owners who can afford to buy land in cash. I wish I was rich.
*WHEN will the Swapo government do something for the Otavi residents? After 22 years, no primary or secondary school was built. We are tired of sending our children to school in the afternoon. Twenty-two years of having the same problem and government not being willing to help is insane. In the secondary schools, the classes are too full. Build two new schools in Otavi or donít make noise during elections. We are really fed up.
*DEVELOPMENT in Okaku Constituency is very different from other constituencies because development only takes place at Okaku Village and alongside the tarred road from Ondangwa to Ongwediva. All the councillors are from one village.
*WHY donít we have electricity in Ouwanaghala Village in Omusati (Ombalantu)? Thereís two churches and one school. We also want electricity. We need to develop our village and do that before elections.
*NORED, the electricity problem in Oluno every night is unacceptable. We donít pay for darkness. We pay for light.
*THE Caprivi Region to be changed to Zambezi Region? What a joke Governor. Take note that nothing of that nature will happen. Rather concentrate on tribalism and nepotism.
*I AM a resident of Katima Mulilo, I am concerned about safety in this place! There are no street lights, all corners and streets are very dark at night and people get killed and raped. Street lights are there but they are not switched on. Do not neglect us.
Lost and Found
*WILKA Matti. Please call 0813080555 regarding your documents.
*I, PETER, lost my bag on January 5 in a bus from Otjiwarongo to Windhoek. The bag contained three pairs of shoes, three pairs of sandals, an iron, two memory cards and keys on a Chelsea key holder. If found, please contact me on 0812587257.
*JONATHAN Aiaseb, I lost my ID. If found, please contact me on 0814180460.
*I RIANNE Selle lost a plastic pocket with my original marriage certificate and certified copies of various other documents. If found, please contact me at 0812526806.
*I, YVONNE Doerfler lost my German passport. If found, please contact me at 0813454397 or drop it at the NTA, 10 Rand Street.
*I, LEA Naluteni Kenaatuka lost my ID card in Windhoek. If found, please contact me at 0813423929.
*I, LOVISA Iilonga lost my bag containing all my documents at Khomasdal Woermann Brock. If found, please contact me at 0816811191.
*I, JOHANA Tugamena Paavo lost my ID. If found, contact me at 0816043244.
*MARIA Magdalena Opperman, I found your ID, driverís license and other cards. Please call 081 2371167.