It’s Time for Politicians to Move from Intentions to Action

Annanias Davis Sibeso

In the realm of politics, good intentions often serve as a rallying cry, a promise that better days lie ahead.

Yet, the stark reality is that intentions alone do not bring about change.

In Namibia, a nation with rich potential and pressing challenges, the call for action needs to echo louder than ever.

It’s time for Namibian politicians to transcend mere rhetoric and embrace the mantle of being doers rather than mere naysayers.

Namibia is at a critical juncture.

We face a myriad of socio-economic and political challenges. From unemployment and poverty to infrastructure deficiencies and healthcare disparities, the list of pressing issues is extensive.

In the face of such challenges, the electorate rightfully expects more than just promises and good intentions from their political leaders.

While intentions may be noble, they remain hollow without tangible actions to back them up.


It is time for Namibian politicians to move beyond the comfort of political rhetoric and take concrete steps towards addressing the needs of the people they say they serve.

This entails implementing effective policies, allocating resources wisely, and fostering an environment conducive to progress and development.

One of the hallmarks of effective leadership is the ability to translate intentions into action.

Namibian politicians must demonstrate their commitment to the well-being of their constituents by rolling up their sleeves and getting down to work.

This requires a proactive approach to governance, characterised by innovation, collaboration and accountability.

Being a doer in politics is more than just pushing through one’s own agenda.

In reality, it should, first and foremost, be about acting in the best interests of the people.

This also entails listening to the voices of the people and being alive to serving their needs.

Namibian politicians must be responsive to the needs and concerns of the communities they represent or aspire to represent.

They need to engage in meaningful dialogue and collaboration with their constituents and their communities and to help find sustainable solutions to especially persistent problems.


At the same time, being a doer requires courage and resilience in the face of adversity.

Namibian politicians must be willing to challenge the status quo, confront corruption and inefficiency and stand firm in their commitment to building a better future for all Namibians.

In the pursuit of progress, there will inevitably be obstacles and setbacks. However, it is precisely in times of challenge that the true mettle of a leader comes to the fore.

Perseverance and determination is needed if we want to make progress.

The time for empty promises and political posturing is over Namibians need leaders who are willing to walk the talk.

By embracing actions over intentions, Namibian politicians can pave the way for a more prosperous, equitable and inclusive future for all Namibians.

It’s time to turn good intentions into tangible results.

  • • Annanias Davis Sibeso is a proud Namibian educator. This article is written in his personal capacity.

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