SMS responses on issues of the day

SMS responses on issues of the day

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* I WANT the State President to very seriously look into the matter of the poor disadvantaged Namibians. Why is the price of bread, milk and butter increasing daily? These products should be affordable to every poor Namibian. Also water and electricity have become unaffordable. – Jatono Debating Diescho * THANKS Diescho. I’ve seen it coming. I’ll now prepare to emmigrate somewhere else, even if I have to work on a sugar plantations in the Americas with my four degrees. At least me and my family will be safe.* IS our political leadership not realising the important message Dr Diescho is trying to bring across. Better act now not to fail the country.* PROF Diescho, with due respect, talk is cheap. Standing outside aloof is very convenient. I advise that you do research what a Servant Leader is, then you will come back to your country and contribute and stop criticising. Emulate the example of Frankie Fredricks. He had the opportunity to live in the UK or the US, but him being a servant leader he is contributing in many ways to the socio-economic well being of our nation. Open your eyes and change Africa. I understand that you hold valuable degrees.* MR DIESCHO, on your perspective on our decaying society, you are a true son of our motherland. I think and hope that our leaders take your views seriously. – Samuel Shafisuna Gowaseb n NAMIBIA a paradise in decay: I agree fully with Mr Diescho. 17 years of Independence and incompetence are killing this beautiful country of ours. Even under the old administration things were better. Swapo Government: pull up your socks and start managing this country properly. Stop blaming everything on the whites and a lack of money. Stop your self enrichment schemes from Government coffers.* DIESCHO is correct – Namibia is going to the dogs. Even we the ordinary citizens are now feeling the pinch. This Government is inviting a citizens’ unrest!! Katiti, Katiti* THE Walvis Bay Municipality has set a very serious precedent with this payout issue. Maybe they don’t realise it. Because every CEO can now come in and resign and demand a handshake. Is this payout inclusive of pension entitlements?* WHY is the ACC so quiet on the Katiti issue? Isn’t this an opportunity to show us what they stand for? * IF millions are readily available for the likes of KATITI, what about overtime payment and the improvement of salaries for health workers?* KATITI’S case is a non-starter. If the ACC is to investigate, then they know they should not start with him. But where will they really start? Air Namibia, SCC, AgriBank, Roads Authority, City of Windhoek? Riddles of the dead! Ramatex* HOW many people will be on the street if Ramatex closes? I thought our livelihoods were improving, but from the look of things Ramatex will close, further exacerbating unemployment.* SORRY it’s already too late, just let Ramatex go. The Government ignored us when we warned them about the company packingup. Why are they trying to stop the shipment of the last machinery? Most of the machinery is already gone.* WHY is Ramatex constantly holding the Goverment hostage with imminent closure? Our youth* THE state of violence, corruption, and lack of values and morals within our Namibian society reflects unfortunately how we, the parents and community, have cultured our children. We have successfully fostered and nurtured the current state of culture within our society for a period of time. We should look critically at what we do, how and why we do it what we do in order to redress the situation.* IT’S impossible for Namibian parents to discipline their children because the Government has taken that right away from them by giving children too many rights.* HOW do the President and his Ministers expect school pupils to behave? It’s them who gave the kids rights. Why are you crying? Even us as parents, talking to your own child is impossible – they tell you about Woman and Child Abuse. The Government must correct the situation, because it has spoiled discipline among our kids. God will punish you one day – for it’s in the Bible that kids should honour their parents and elders. You legislated the stupid laws and rights. Sort it out!* I’M a big rap fan and I feel I should tell it like it is. Every time young people get killed, rap music is blamed – which is not true – instead of coming up with solutions on how to treat the problem that’s at hand. A person that kills someone already had the intention of doing it. It doesn’t matter old or young, so stop blaming a certain genre of music and deal with the problems our youth are displaying.* MY personal view on the gangsterism at schools is that correctional facilities like reformatories should be set up for the youngsters.* I WAS very touched emotionally by the NBC programme ‘Zula 2 survive’ about street kids in Namibia. It is very clear that these vulnerable children are suffering, yet the Government is wasting money on useless things like the PS of Health (Kalumbi Shangula) travelling in business class, instead of doing something for these kids. Dr (Libertina) Amathila (Deputy Prime Minister), may be you must look at this issue, because it seems you are the only one who has feelings amongst our leaders. I was touched by the child who said he wanted to become a person if he can get decent clothing.* SERIOUSLY, nodding at the Okalunga Primary School (in northern Namibia) is not a new or a strange phenomenon The Director should think about Omumbwenge before jumping to conclusions. The person responsible for this in that vicinity is a witchdoctor or a supernatural person. Let the people talk. – Nacky Nacky* THE practice of squatting at Unam hostels is rampant. I advise those charged with administration to change the locks to rooms and check resident’s statements before assigning rooms to anyone. – Hamata F* I THINK it’s better for the Grade 12 failures go back full-time to school to repeat, especially those in the age range of 16-19, because they are too young to stay at home. Health n YOU are putting women at a risk. Men will think as long as they are circumcised, they will not get infected. You were not supposed to publicise the report on circumcision reducing HIV-AIDS infections. It’s like encouraging men to get circumcised and have unprotected sex.* WHY don’t the complaining State doctors try to earn bigger salaries by initiating an efficient management system at our State hospitals – after all, is that not YOUR workplace? May be have a look at the quality of service the state veterinary clinics provide compared to the state hospitals.* PLEASE let us understand that medical doctors in charge of health institutions are not trained as managers. In future these positions must be given to qualified managers. Also salaries for State doctors must be improved in order to avoid brain drain and professional apathy.* MINISTER Kamwi should visit the Katutura TB hospital and listen to the patients’ complaints. It’s terrible! What they’re experiencing is inhuman. Those nurses are paid for sleeping.Circumcision and HIV-AIDS* CIRCUMCISION or not, unprotected sex is equal to condemning yourself to HIV-AIDS. There is no proof that the guys tested had sex with HIV-positive women. Please, let’s discourage HIV and not compliment it.* UUYUNI wa Kamati’s letter on circumcision and HIV is well reasoned and correct, but can we at least encourage those who practice it to continue and we can perhaps save a few lives.* HOW can the health fraternity sit and watch such a misleading campaign repeatedly aired on national TV? Male circumcision is healthy and hygienic – Yes. Does it PREVENT HIV? NO! The campaign has badly damaged the fight against HIV-AIDS, as it discourages condom use. Simply because “he” is circumcised? No matter how minimal the risk, it’s still UNPROTECTED SEX! It’s been hard educating people and now here comes a doctor with a “brilliant discovery”.Brave Warriors and the NFA* WHY was Ronnie Kanalelo, the caretaker coach, serving as the substitute goalie in Botswana? What message does this send to the talented goalies we have in the country? During the recent sports awards, Oshakati City received no prize. And why is the team not represented in the national team? Why did the NFA suddenly cancel the award of the Most Improved Team? – Appolos Shimakeleni, Whk n POOR Brave Warriors, they were playing like a bunch of newly hatched chicks. I hope the coach will get well soon before the Ethiopia game, because right now we are dead and buried.* NFA, you are very disorganised – our playing kit is Puma, but our goalie jersey is Adidas and so are the coaches’ jackets. NFA must seriously look into this matter. How can we expect to win in such chaos.* HALLO there NFA! How can you explain Kanalelo’s Adidas gear he wore on the bench during the Brave Warriors’ national duty against Botswana this weekend. I thought Puma is our sponsor? – Vaino Hangula* I WAS disappointed and very angry angry on Saturday watching the game between the Brave Warriors and Botswana. But on Sunday when we engaged Lesotho I could not contain my tears when the boy from Opuwo proved that the boys from outlying areas can hold their mettle against those from town when he scored the first goal.* PLEASE let’s not fool ourselves. The Brave Warriors are no more. Our boys are playing like primary school kids. No creativity, no football basics. They are an absolute disgrace. We need a complete overhaul for the game of football.* CONGRATULATIONS to the Brave Warriors team even though we had to be satisfied with third place. But our boys need more speed and Letu please be serious next time and stop being selfish.* RONNIE won 3-2, now he is planning to only use local players. If I’m a foreign based player, I would have taken offence at this and demand a public apology from Ronnie.* NBC, please remove your Universal Grooves music programme producer. We are Africans and not Americans to listen to that brain-damaging gangster music. As licence payers we demand better – at least a variety, including African music. – Obinna Swapo forever?* THE way Swapo is run sometimes reminds me of ‘Animal Farm’ of George Orwell. The similarities are very striking.* ‘LET Swapo rule forever’. No ways. That’s a one party state and it never worked in most African countries. So far after 16 years, you failed to eradicate poverty. Look at the hospitals, prisons, schools, grade 10 forced drop-outs to mention but a few. You have developed mafias rather than leaders. Look at the politically appointed CEOs how they’ve failed, only enriching themselves unjustly. – Angry Ndumekutu* IF Swapo had to rule forever, what would happen to our country? They fail to manage TransNamib, the health sector and many others. Now imagine them ruling forever.* WHY is the Father of the Nation laying claim to one party rule while we are talking about multi-party democracy or do we not have democracy in this country? n YES! The Swapo Party should rule party of this country.* THERE is no doubt that only the Swapo Party is truly able to rule Namibia as its leaders, policies, mission and vision are for the benefit of all Namibians. The ICC issue n PLEASE (Phil) ya Nangoloh (of the NSHR), don’t disturb our peace and leave the old man (President Nujoma) alone! If you have nothing to do, face the labour hire and the security companies and many others. People’s rights are being violated just on your doorsteps but you don’t see that. We’ve national reconciliation here, but appear not to know it. How many people vanished in Namibia during the colonial war?* SWAPO leaders must face the International Criminal Court in The Hague like Charles Taylor and others. We’ve lots of relatives unaccounted for.* WELL, if the ICC is to prosecute Swapo’s president and other leaders for the so-called dungeons, I have one request to the NSHR, pleas give me back my uncle killed by the South African army before Namibia became independent.General* WHY should the Karas Govenor be allowed to pay back the housing allowance? He is also supposed to be charged with fraud and corruption. What does paying one house for your family with taxpayers’ money and living freely in another on taxpayers’ expense amount to?* I WANT to advise residents of Kalkrand to be innovative and use the busy main road passing through the village to create self-employment by selling traditional crafts, fruit and cooked foodstuff instead of relying on risky businesses. This will help them to uplift the living standards at the village. They can visit places like Otavi or Omuthiya gwiipundi to learn.* WHY is gambling not being controlled like the sale of alcohol? Each bar or shebeen here in the north has a gambling machine.* UNAM hostel residents and students are denied access to their rooms and as results thousands of them are and will be stranded with accommodation, as most hostel students arrived on campus Sunday night and in the early hours of Monday morning from their long holiday – some of them coming from as far as Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Caprivi, Kavango, North and South of the country. The Ministry of Education has not yet settled all student accounts and yet Unam management is demanding a ZERO balance receipt at the gate to get into the hostel. – Shamanga Simasiku!* THANKS Diescho. I’ve seen it coming. I’ll now prepare to emmigrate somewhere else, even if I have to work on a sugar plantations in the Americas with my four degrees. At least me and my family will be safe.* IS our political leadership not realising the important message Dr Diescho is trying to bring across. Better act now not to fail the country.* PROF Diescho, with due respect, talk is cheap. Standing outside aloof is very convenient. I advise that you do research what a Servant Leader is, then you will come back to your country and contribute and stop criticising. Emulate the example of Frankie Fredricks. He had the opportunity to live in the UK or the US, but him being a servant leader he is contributing in many ways to the socio-economic well being of our nation. Open your eyes and change Africa. I understand that you hold valuable degrees.* MR DIESCHO, on your perspective on our decaying society, you are a true son of our motherland. I think and hope that our leaders take your views seriously. – Samuel Shafisuna Gowaseb n NAMIBIA a paradise in decay: I agree fully with Mr Diescho. 17 years of Independence and incompetence are killing this beautiful country of ours. Even under the old administration things were better. Swapo Government: pull up your socks and start managing this country properly. Stop blaming everything on the whites and a lack of money. Stop your self enrichment schemes from Government coffers.* DIESCHO is correct – Namibia is going to the dogs. Even we the ordinary citizens are now feeling the pinch. This Government is inviting a citizens’ unrest!! Katiti, Katiti * THE Walvis Bay Municipality has set a very serious precedent with this payout issue. Maybe they don’t realise it. Because every CEO can now come in and resign and demand a handshake. Is this payout inclusive of pension entitlements? * WHY is the ACC so quiet on the Katiti issue? Isn’t this an opportunity to show us what they stand for? * IF millions are readily available for the likes of KATITI, what about overtime payment and the improvement of salaries for health workers? * KATITI’S case is a non-starter. If the ACC is to investigate, then they know they should not start with him. But where will they really start? Air Namibia, SCC, AgriBank, Roads Authority, City of Windhoek? Riddles of the dead! Ramatex * HOW many people will be on the street if Ramatex closes? I thought our livelihoods were improving, but from the look of things Ramatex will close, further exacerbating unemployment.* SORRY it’s already too late, just let Ramatex go. The Government ignored us when we warned them about the company packingup. Why are they trying to stop the shipment of the last machinery? Most of the machinery is already gone.* WHY is Ramatex constantly holding the Goverment hostage with imminent closure? Our youth * THE state of violence, corruption, and lack of values and morals within our Namibian society reflects unfortunately how we, the parents and community, have cultured our children. We have successfully fostered and nurtured the current state of culture within our society for a period of time. We should look critically at what we do, how and why we do it what we do in order to redress the situation.* IT’S impossible for Namibian parents to discipline their children because the Government has taken that right away from them by giving children too many rights.* HOW do the President and his Ministers expect school pupils to behave? It’s them who gave the kids rights. Why are you crying? Even us as parents, talking to your own child is impossible – they tell you about Woman and Child Abuse. The Government must correct the situation, because it has spoiled discipline among our kids. God will punish you one day – for it’s in the Bible that kids should honour their parents and elders. You legislated the stupid laws and rights. Sort it out! * I’M a big rap fan and I feel I should tell it like it is. Every time young people get killed, rap music is blamed – which is not true – instead of coming up with solutions on how to treat the problem that’s at hand. A person that kills someone already had the intention of doing it. It doesn’t matter old or young, so stop blaming a certain genre of music and deal with the problems our youth are displaying.* MY personal view on the gangsterism at schools is that correctional facilities like reformatories should be set up for the youngsters.* I WAS very touched emotionally by the NBC programme ‘Zula 2 survive’ about street kids in Namibia. It is very clear that these vulnerable children are suffering, yet the Government is wasting money on useless things like the PS of Health (Kalumbi Shangula) travelling in business class, instead of doing something for these kids. Dr (Libertina) Amathila (Deputy Prime Minister), may be you must look at this issue, because it seems you are the only one who has feelings amongst our leaders. I was touched by the child who said he wanted to become a person if he can get decent clothing.* SERIOUSLY, nodding at the Okalunga Primary School (in northern Namibia) is not a new or a strange phenomenon The Director should think about Omumbwenge before jumping to conclusions. The person responsible for this in that vicinity is a witchdoctor or a supernatural person. Let the people talk. – Nacky Nacky * THE practice of squatting at Unam hostels is rampant. I advise those charged with administration to change the locks to rooms and check resident’s statements before assigning rooms to anyone. – Hamata F * I THINK it’s better for the Grade 12 failures go back full-time to school to repeat, especially those in the age range of 16-19, because they are too young to stay at home. Health n YOU are putting women at a risk. Men will think as long as they are circumcised, they will not get infected. You were not supposed to publicise the report on circumcision reducing HIV-AIDS infections. It’s like encouraging men to get circumcised and have unprotected sex.* WHY don’t the complaining State doctors try to earn bigger salaries by initiating an efficient management system at our State hospitals – after all, is that not YOUR workplace? May be have a look at the quality of service the state veterinary clinics provide compared to the state hospitals.* PLEASE let us understand that medical doctors in charge of health institutions are not trained as managers. In future these positions must be given to qualified managers. Also salaries for State doctors must be improved in order to avoid brain drain and professional apathy.* MINISTER Kamwi should visit the Katutura TB hospital and listen to the patients’ complaints. It’s terrible! What they’re experiencing is inhuman. Those nurses are paid for sleeping.Circumcision and HIV-AIDS * CIRCUMCISION or not, unprotected sex is equal to condemning yourself to HIV-AIDS. There is no proof that the guys tested had sex with HIV-positive women. Please, let’s discourage HIV and not compliment it.* UUYUNI wa Kamati’s letter on circumcision and HIV is well reasoned and correct, but can we at least encourage those who practice it to continue and we can perhaps save a few lives.* HOW can the health fraternity sit and watch such a misleading campaign repeatedly aired on national TV? Male circumcision is healthy and hygienic – Yes. Does it PREVENT HIV? NO! The campaign has badly damaged the fight against HIV-AIDS, as it discourages condom use. Simply because “he” is circumcised? No matter how minimal the risk, it’s still UNPROTECTED SEX! It’s been hard educating people and now here comes a doctor with a “brilliant discovery”.Brave Warriors and the NFA * WHY was Ronnie Kanalelo, the caretaker coach, serving as the substitute goalie in Botswana? What message does this send to the talented goalies we have in the country? During the recent sports awards, Oshakati City received no prize. And why is the team not represented in the national team? Why did the NFA suddenly cancel the award of the Most Improved Team? – Appolos Shimakeleni, Whk n POOR Brave Warriors, they were playing like a bunch of newly hatched chicks. I hope the coach will get well soon before the Ethiopia game, because right now we are dead and buried.* NFA, you are very disorganised – our playing kit is Puma, but our goalie jersey is Adidas and so are the coaches’ jackets. NFA must seriously look into this matter. How can we expect to win in such chaos.* HALLO there NFA! How can you explain Kanalelo’s Adidas gear he wore on the bench during the Brave Warriors’ national duty against Botswana this weekend. I thought Puma is our sponsor? – Vaino Hangula * I WAS disappointed and very angry angry on Saturday watching the game between the Brave Warriors and Botswana. But on Sunday when we engaged Lesotho I could not contain my tears when the boy from Opuwo proved that the boys from outlying areas can hold their mettle against those from town when he scored the first goal.* PLEASE let’s not fool ourselves. The Brave Warriors are no more. Our boys are playing like primary school kids. No creativity, no football basics. They are an absolute disgrace. We need a complete overhaul for the game of football.* CONGRATULATIONS to the Brave Warriors team even though we had to be satisfied with third place. But our boys need more speed and Letu please be serious next time and stop being selfish.* RONNIE won 3-2, now he is planning to only use local players. If I’m a foreign based player, I would have taken offence at this and demand a public apology from Ronnie.* NBC, please remove your Universal Grooves music programme producer. We are Africans and not Americans to listen to that brain-damaging gangster music. As licence payers we demand better – at least a variety, including African music. – Obinna Swapo forever? * THE way Swapo is run sometimes reminds me of ‘Animal Farm’ of George Orwell. The similarities are very striking.* ‘LET Swapo rule forever’. No ways. That’s a one party state and it never worked in most African countries. So far after 16 years, you failed to eradicate poverty. Look at the hospitals, prisons, schools, grade 10 forced drop-outs to mention but a few. You have developed mafias rather than leaders. Look at the politically appointed CEOs how they’ve failed, only enriching themselves unjustly. – Angry Ndumekutu * IF Swapo had to rule forever, what would happen to our country? They fail to manage TransNamib, the health sector and many others. Now imagine them ruling forever.* WHY is the Father of the Nation laying claim to one party rule while we are talking about multi-party democracy or do we not have democracy in this country? n YES! The Swapo Party should rule party of this country.* THERE is no doubt that only the Swapo Party is truly able to rule Namibia as its leaders, policies, mission and vision are for the benefit of all Namibians. The ICC issue n PLEASE (Phil) ya Nangoloh (of the NSHR), don’t disturb our peace and leave the old man (President Nujoma) alone! If you have nothing to do, face the labour hire and the security companies and many others. People’s rights are being violated just on your doorsteps but you don’t see that. We’ve national reconciliation here, but appear not to know it. How many people vanished in Namibia during the colonial war? * SWAPO leaders must face the International Criminal Court in The Hague like Charles Taylor and others. We’ve lots of relatives unaccounted for.* WELL, if the ICC is to prosecute Swapo’s president and other leaders for the so-called dungeons, I have one request to the NSHR, pleas give me back my uncle killed by the South African army before Namibia became independent.General * WHY should the Karas Govenor be allowed to pay back the housing allowance? He is also supposed to be charged with fraud and corruption. What does paying one house for your family with taxpayers’ money and living freely in another on taxpayers’ expense amount to? * I WANT to advise residents of Kalkrand to be innovative and use the busy main road passing through the village to create self-employment by selling traditional crafts, fruit and cooked foodstuff instead of relying on risky businesses. This will help them to uplift the living standards at the village. They can visit places like Otavi or Omuthiya gwiipundi to learn.* WHY is gambling not being controlled like the sale of alcohol? Each bar or shebeen here in the north has a gambling machine.* UNAM hostel residents and students are denied access to their rooms and as results thousands of them are and will be stranded with accommodation, as most hostel students arrived on campus Sunday night and in the early hours of Monday morning from their long holiday – some of them coming from as far as Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Caprivi, Kavango, North and South of the country. The Ministry of Education has not yet settled all student accounts and yet Unam management is demanding a ZERO balance receipt at the gate to get into the hostel. – Shamanga Simasiku!

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