SMSes of the Day: Thursday

SMSes of the Day: Thursday

* SWAPO’S behaviour can be compared to that of a dinosaur fighting extinction while refusing to adapt to a new environment. The madness and frenzy going on with Swapo today can be compared to the days of the spy drama. How can they humiliate their stalwarts like Ya Toivo and Helmuth Angula by asking them to declare their allegiance to Swapo publicly? How can Swapo demand from their members to declare their loyalty publicly? Why should prominent business leaders be called and asked where their political allegiance lies? Whose business is it anyway what political choice a Namibian is making? Paranoia was always the greatest enemy of Swapo. Paranoia led to the dungeons of Lubango, the Shipanga saga, the incarceration and killing of Namibians in exile in the ’60s.

* I MUST say I’m rather disappointed in my political leaders. They seem to forget the reason why they had been elected by the Namibian people. The people put their trust in them but now they are abusing that trust. They lost their vision and the Namibian vision of unity – it has all become a fight for power and achievement. Food for thought* MEME Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration and dear Mr Permanent Secretary can you please pity with me and increase the salaries of your immigration officers if you want to avoid bribery among them. Mr Noa before you rush to arrest those small fish please try to see where the problem is that causes bribery. How can you expect an officer not to take the bribe offer of N$5 000 if what he earns is N$2 894. I am not trying to promote corruption in your beautiful country, I am just saying this out of anger. It’s only your Namibian immigration officers who are underpaid compared to other countries I happened to visit. – Angry Tourist* MOST of the PPLs (flying licences) for NDF Air Force pilots are expired, but they are still flying aircraft, which is very dangerous. When are they going to renew their licences?* RIGHT Honourable Prime Minister, why do you allow most of the civil servants to go on leave during December? Are we really serious with service delivery when there is no one to provide it during the festive season?About SMSes* DEAR editor, are the political differences between Swapo and RDP more important than general social issues? Why do you cover three-quarters of the SMS space with Swapo and RDP and only reserve a quarter space for other issues? I am tired of receiving the ‘Thanks for telling it like it is’ reply and not seeing my SMSes printed. – Dear reader, we try our utmost to accommodate issues as diverse as possible in the limited space available. We do not decide which issues should dominate – the messages sent by the reading public do. The SMSes received on the Swapo-RDP saga have been overwhelming. And, of course, at the end of day, political developments eventually impact on social issues. But your concern is noted and please continue sending your messages. – Newsdesk* I HAVE been a loyal reader of The Namibian for the past decade now. Not only is the newspaper constructive, it is also educative. Keep up the good work Ms Lister and crew and keep those SMSes coming. We the nation are enjoying them big time. Salute to honesty* MR Toivo Kaulinge, who works for Welwitschia Nammic, I read that on Friday, November 2 2007, you have found Mr Sean Naude’s wallet lying on a pavement at DHPS. school. It contained an ID card, a driver’s licence, an American Swiss card, a bank card and N$2 500 cash. At your own expense, you made all efforts to go to American Swiss shop and find Naude’s cellphone number and contacted him. The wallet was back to its owner ‘full house.’ Mr Kaulinge, you deserve a national STANDING OVATION of HONESTY! You have set a personal example that needs EMULATION from all our citizens. I salute you! – We agree! Well done Toivo Kaulinge, you are the best kind of Namibian. – News EditorPolitics in general* THE speed at which Swapo is now disintegrating is an indication of how artificial its alleged unity has always been. Who is destroying Swapo? Go look in the mirror – what eats the bean is inside the bean!* SWAPO Party be calm, don’t talk about Nehova and others. Start compensating war veterans. – TN, Otjiwarongo.* Mr E Uutoni and others must know that insulting others because of political differences is a sign of indiscipline, and no normal person might want to be led by such politicians. Anyway these were the tactics of our colonial masters which we rejected, when did it become an acceptable norm in Namibia?* PLEASE those youths that are under RDP, when you announce your membership of the RDP you should rather say “I” instead of “WE” because not all of us are following hungry leaders who are just after the wealth.* BOB Kandetu are you afraid to be fired by the ruling party and why are you saying that the broadcasting of RDP is not in interest of Namibia? Just remember, we pay our TV with our own money not SPYL or SWAPO! – BH, Swakopmund* SOME people will never learn. It seems like only yesterday that the apartheid SA regime used the then State broadcaster, SWABC, to discredit the forces and voice of change and to mislead and brainwash Namibians, now in an independent democratic Namibia Swapo is using our tax and TV licence funded-institution to deny us a live broadcast. For this I’m gonna pay them back at the ballot box. – Hashovali* SWAPO has no right to intimidate and much less suspend Namibian citizens holding Government positions for their suspected association with RDP or for refusing to sign Swapo loyalty oaths, because those people are paid State money generated from taxes paid by public servants, parastatals and private companies’ employees, irrespective of which political parties they belong to. Another Government’s source of income is the natural resources of this country, which belong to all Namibian citizens and not to the Swapo Party!* TO all Swapo loyal supporters and members, it is not a sin to sign an oath as long as you are in the party. Any one who is against these ideas is not worthy to be called a member or supporter of the Swapo Party. – Imanue Kleo, Onandjaba* WHY is Swapo so vocal about the RDP? Where is the democracy they continue to preach? It is every Namibian’s right to belong to a party of his choice. The true colours of Swapo are now in the open and will continue to be exposed. Swapo has never been democratic.* MY fellow country people please don’t be fooled by HH’s so called newfound vision. These people never and don’t care about any of us. If Swapo has done so much wrong how do you know HH and his group won’t do worse. Remember empty promises cause frustrations, which bring destruction to nations. So let’s think and not jump to every promise we hear just because we need improvement.* A SWAPO stalwart clearly states that one cannot trust one’s own shadow. Taking the oath may solve the own shadow issue, but then there might be other shadows to reckon with. One wrong move and you are history. Quite scary, isn’t it?* VIVA our almighty Swapo and its leadership! I would like to remind my fellow Namibians that it is easy to form a new party but take an example from CoD. What is now happening there, everything is falling apart. In 1999 when Ulenga formed his party, they were boasting that they would take the Government over. Believe me or not, you will regret in 2009. Meet you there at the ballot box in 2009! – TangeniEducation* I AM very angry with the last two writers in Tuesday’s paper about the new system in education. They are not even thankful for what the Namibian Government is doing and it’s not true that the Grade 12 exams were difficult or easy. I wrote it and it was the best ever exam and I know that the pass rate will increase this year. And please stop calling the NSSC the so-called new system and saying they want to prove that they are better than the Cambridge system. We just started with the system and people are already complaining. Let’s work together so that the system can be perfected. It is something new for our sake!* IS there no other part of this country which deserves an Institution of higher learning apart from the North? This is definitely not fair. There is a College of Education at Ongwediva, Unam Northern campus at Oshakati and now another Unam campus is under construction at Ongwediva, while some parts of this country don’t have even one such institution.* I AM happy to see that the MPs are now standing up against the business mentality of the previous white schools, which my children attend. We are paying paper and copy fees, security, insurance, renovations and school building fees. Next year the fees will go up to N$3 000. Just imagine having two kids at the same school? These schools should be investigated to find out what the money is used for. Teachers at some schools are being paid bonuses.* MINISTER of Education promised us, Government bursary loan holders, that we will get our loan money in August, but until now we haven’t received anything. We want know how long we should wait. We suffered this whole year buying books, making copies, taxi fees and paying for accommodation out of our pockets. Now some of us are indebted and have difficulty in paying our creditors. We need help and very soon before we end up in jail.* A TEACHER at Sambyu Combined School had an affair with a learner since 2005 and found out about it recently. The girl had repeated Grade 9 three times. Please regional director do something. We want our children to learn not to be used as concubines.From the regions* THANKS Mr Hakae.The first inspection on expired and rotten food products should start at Okahao, Tshandi, Onesi and at Ruacana. Our health is at risk.* OPUWO Constituency Councillor what development did you bring to your constituency? What are the tangible projects that you have brought to the area? Your chances are over, and we the voters will decide come 2009.* PLEASE Ms Kufu, we need water at Etope village in the Ohangwena region. We are fed-up and will join the RDP.* WHY is it that southerners always complain when development attracted through vigorous efforts even those initiated collectively or even by individuals come to the North. Nobody from the North complained about Aussenkehr, the date farms, ostrich project, planes assembling project or the plane flying academy, which are in the South.* MR Abius Auxab, Councillor of Daures Constituency you must look to the needs of the inhabitants living in the constituency. We are suffering in the following villages Omihana, Eitavere, Anichab east, Otuyapi, Otjihinameva. These areas have not seen development since our country got independent. We as community sent many project applications to your office but nothing has happened. We need electricity, cellphone reception, boreholes etc. You only want to develop Okombahe because most people of that place are from your party UDF. – Eddie Tjivinde* I WANT to welcome and congratulate the newly elected Oshana Management Committee. I’m happy that Lotto Kuushomwa of Oshakati East has replaced Joseph Mupetami, Councilor of Okatyali Constituency. It was long overdue because we cannot sacrifice development for blind loyalty and illiteracy at the expense of people’s lives. Kuushomwa is an asset. Why have we rejected Dr J Diescho’s worthwhile lecture while the people are under ever-increasing abject poverty? Does that lead to peace and stability?General* ARE the Chinese here to exploit Namibian contract labour? What did they pay our Government that makes them the sole beneficiaries involving millions of dollars? Our workers are compensated N$20 a day. Is this a market related wage? Did we vote for the Chinese to enjoy the fruits? Need answers. – Concerned Namibian, Khorixas* PLEASE Namibia, enough is enough. State hospitals do not have water and electricity. The Police have no equipment to help the people. You might not believe this but at times there is not even a roll of toilet paper in Government offices. Many youths are running around the streets jobless. The people out there are very poor while the President and the ministers are living in luxury. Their children attend the best schools and always get jobs after graduating. The State House and the ministers houses are guarded by the Police and are never broken into, they will never be robbed either because they have bodyguards and drivers, and that’s why they don’t care whether the Police have cars or not. The courts are throwing out cases because of poor Police work. Is this the Government that you want? Do you want to live like this for the rest of our lives, then do the right thing.* THERE’S a major problem with TV and radio services at Khorixas. Both radio and TV services only start at 08h00 and ends 20h00 most of the time. Sometimes we do not even watch the entire news. Watch up with 08h00 to 20h00? We do not watch ‘Gardener’s Daughter’ any more and early morning show on Damara-Nama radio is also history for us. Is the NBC aware of this? And if they are, when are they going to fix the problem? This has been going on for a quite a while now.* COME on NBC, you just cannot make better operational decisions? Changing the only thing that attracts viewers to your broadcast to Saturday morning is absurd. I’m talking about ‘Gardener’s Daughter’. Please replace ‘Generations’ at 14h00 with ‘Gardener’s Daughter’ because nobody is watching it in the mornings.* I WONDER if the City of Windhoek bosses know that not all of us can afford to join land auctions. I have been on a land waiting list for 2 years. I am homeless.Offbeat* If GTV can have its banner at State Hospital can I also have mine – in semi-nude – on the other side? I am so lonely.* CAN you please ask the Minster of Justice to replace those hard chairs in High Court, especially in the waiting rooms of court B, C, D and E. Since Dr LC STEYN opened that building in 1960 the same chairs have been there.* IS God so unfair that He only blesses certain people? I am sick and tired of suffering. Can any church leader help me on this. I’ve been a born-again Christian for the past 10 years now!Food for thought * MEME Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration and dear Mr Permanent Secretary can you please pity with me and increase the salaries of your immigration officers if you want to avoid bribery among them. Mr Noa before you rush to arrest those small fish please try to see where the problem is that causes bribery. How can you expect an officer not to take the bribe offer of N$5 000 if what he earns is N$2 894. I am not trying to promote corruption in your beautiful country, I am just saying this out of anger. It’s only your Namibian immigration officers who are underpaid compared to other countries I happened to visit. – Angry Tourist * MOST of the PPLs (flying licences) for NDF Air Force pilots are expired, but they are still flying aircraft, which is very dangerous. When are they going to renew their licences? * RIGHT Honourable Prime Minister, why do you allow most of the civil servants to go on leave during December? Are we really serious with service delivery when there is no one to provide it during the festive season? About SMSes * DEAR editor, are the political differences between Swapo and RDP more important than general social issues? Why do you cover three-quarters of the SMS space with Swapo and RDP and only reserve a quarter space for other issues? I am tired of receiving the ‘Thanks for telling it like it is’ reply and not seeing my SMSes printed. – Dear reader, we try our utmost to accommodate issues as diverse as possible in the limited space available. We do not decide which issues should dominate – the messages sent by the reading public do. The SMSes received on the Swapo-RDP saga have been overwhelming. And, of course, at the end of day, political developments eventually impact on social issues. But your concern is noted and please continue sending your messages. – Newsdesk * I HAVE been a loyal reader of The Namibian for the past decade now. Not only is the newspaper constructive, it is also educative. Keep up the good work Ms Lister and crew and keep those SMSes coming. We the nation are enjoying them big time. Salute to honesty * MR Toivo Kaulinge, who works for Welwitschia Nammic, I read that on Friday, November 2 2007, you have found Mr Sean Naude’s wallet lying on a pavement at DHPS. school. It contained an ID card, a driver’s licence, an American Swiss card, a bank card and N$2 500 cash. At your own expense, you made all efforts to go to American Swiss shop and find Naude’s cellphone number and contacted him. The wallet was back to its owner ‘full house.’ Mr Kaulinge, you deserve a national STANDING OVATION of HONESTY! You have set a personal example that needs EMULATION from all our citizens. I salute you! – We agree! Well done Toivo Kaulinge, you are the best kind of Namibian. – News Editor Politics in general * THE speed at which Swapo is now disintegrating is an indication of how artificial its alleged unity has always been. Who is destroying Swapo? Go look in the mirror – what eats the bean is inside the bean! * SWAPO Party be calm, don’t talk about Nehova and others. Start compensating war veterans. – TN, Otjiwarongo.* Mr E Uutoni and others must know that insulting others because of political differences is a sign of indiscipline, and no normal person might want to be led by such politicians. Anyway these were the tactics of our colonial masters which we rejected, when did it become an acceptable norm in Namibia? * PLEASE those youths that are under RDP, when you announce your membership of the RDP you should rather say “I” instead of “WE” because not all of us are following hungry leaders who are just after the wealth.* BOB Kandetu are you afraid to be fired by the ruling party and why are you saying that the broadcasting of RDP is not in interest of Namibia? Just remember, we pay our TV with our own money not SPYL or SWAPO! – BH, Swakopmund * SOME people will never learn. It seems like only yesterday that the apartheid SA regime used the then State broadcaster, SWABC, to discredit the forces and voice of change and to mislead and brainwash Namibians, now in an independent democratic Namibia Swapo is using our tax and TV licence funded-institution to deny us a live broadcast. For this I’m gonna pay them back at the ballot box. – Hashovali * SWAPO has no right to intimidate and much less suspend Namibian citizens holding Government positions for their suspected association with RDP or for refusing to sign Swapo loyalty oaths, because those people are paid State money generated from taxes paid by public servants, parastatals and private companies’ employees, irrespective of which political parties they belong to. Another Government’s source of income is the natural resources of this country, which belong to all Namibian citizens and not to the Swapo Party! * TO all Swapo loyal supporters and members, it is not a sin to sign an oath as long as you are in the party. Any one who is against these ideas is not worthy to be called a member or supporter of the Swapo Party. – Imanue Kleo, Onandjaba * WHY is Swapo so vocal about the RDP? Where is the democracy they continue to preach? It is every Namibian’s right to belong to a party of his choice. The true colours of Swapo are now in the open and will continue to be exposed. Swapo has never been democratic.* MY fellow country people please don’t be fooled by HH’s so called newfound vision. These people never and don’t care about any of us. If Swapo has done so much wrong how do you know HH and his group won’t do worse. Remember empty promises cause frustrations, which bring destruction to nations. So let’s think and not jump to every promise we hear just because we need improvement.* A SWAPO stalwart clearly states that one cannot trust one’s own shadow. Taking the oath may solve the own shadow issue, but then there might be other shadows to reckon with. One wrong move and you are history. Quite scary, isn’t it? * VIVA our almighty Swapo and its leadership! I would like to remind my fellow Namibians that it is easy to form a new party but take an example from CoD. What is now happening there, everything is falling apart. In 1999 when Ulenga formed his party, they were boasting that they would take the Government over. Believe me or not, you will regret in 2009. Meet you there at the ballot box in 2009! – Tangeni Education * I AM very angry with the last two writers in Tuesday’s paper about the new system in education. They are not even thankful for what the Namibian Government is doing and it’s not true that the Grade 12 exams were difficult or easy. I wrote it and it was the best ever exam and I know that the pass rate will increase this year. And please stop calling the NSSC the so-called new system and saying they want to prove that they are better than the Cambridge system. We just started with the system and people are already complaining. Let’s work together so that the system can be perfected. It is something new for our sake! * IS there no other part of this country which deserves an Institution of higher learning apart from the North? This is definitely not fair. There is a College of Education at Ongwediva, Unam Northern campus at Oshakati and now another Unam campus is under construction at Ongwediva, while some parts of this country don’t have even one such institution.* I AM happy to see that the MPs are now standing up against the business mentality of the previous white schools, which my children attend. We are paying paper and copy fees, security, insurance, renovations and school building fees. Next year the fees will go up to N$3 000. Just imagine having two kids at the same school? These schools should be investigated to find out what the money is used for. Teachers at some schools are being paid bonuses.* MINISTER of Education promised us, Government bursary loan holders, that we will get our loan money in August, but until now we haven’t received anything. We want know how long we should wait. We suffered this whole year buying books, making copies, taxi fees and paying for accommodation out of our pockets. Now some of us are indebted and have difficulty in paying our creditors. We need help and very soon before we end up in jail.* A TEACHER at Sambyu Combined School had an affair with a learner since 2005 and found out about it recently. The girl had repeated Grade 9 three times. Please regional director do something. We want our children to learn not to be used as concubines.From the regions * THANKS Mr Hakae.The first inspection on expired and rotten food products should start at Okahao, Tshandi, Onesi and at Ruacana. Our health is at risk.* OPUWO Constituency Councillor what development did you bring to your constituency? What are the tangible projects that you have brought to the area? Your chances are over, and we the voters will decide come 2009.* PLEASE Ms Kufu, we need water at Etope village in the Ohangwena region. We are fed-up and will join the RDP.* WHY is it that southerners always complain when development attracted through vigorous efforts even those initiated collectively or even by individuals come to the North. Nobody from the North complained about Aussenkehr, the date farms, ostrich project, planes assembling project or the plane flying academy, which are in the South.* MR Abius Auxab, Councillor of Daures Constituency you must look to the needs of the inhabitants living in the constituency. We are suffering in the following villages Omihana, Eitavere, Anichab east, Otuyapi, Otjihinameva. These areas have not seen development since our country got independent. We as community sent many project applications to your office but nothing has happened. We need electricity, cellphone reception, boreholes etc. You only want to develop Okombahe because most people of that place are from your party UDF. – Eddie Tjivinde * I WANT to welcome and congratulate the newly elected Oshana Management Committee. I’m happy that Lotto Kuushomwa of Oshakati East has replaced Joseph Mupetami, Councilor of Okatyali Constituency. It was long overdue because we cannot sacrifice development for blind loyalty and illiteracy at the expense of people’s lives. Kuushomwa is an asset. Why have we rejected Dr J Diescho’s worthwhile lecture while the people are under ever-increasing abject poverty? Does that lead to peace and stability? General * ARE the Chinese here to exploit Namibian contract labour? What did they pay our Government that makes them the sole beneficiaries involving millions of dollars? Our workers are compensated N$20 a day. Is this a market related wage? Did we vote for the Chinese to enjoy the fruits? Need answers. – Concerned Namibian, Khorixas * PLEASE Namibia, enough is enough. State hospitals do not have water and electricity. The Police have no equipment to help the people. You might not believe this but at times there is not even a roll of toilet paper in Government offices. Many youths are running around the streets jobless. The people out there are very poor while the President and the ministers are living in luxury. Their children attend the best schools and always get jobs after graduating. The State House and the ministers houses are guarded by the Police and are never broken into, they will never be robbed either because they have bodyguards and drivers, and that’s why they don’t care whether the Police have cars or not. The courts are throwing out cases because of poor Police work. Is this the Government that you want? Do you want to live like this for the rest of our lives, then do the right thing.* THERE’S a major problem with TV and radio services at Khorixas. Both radio and TV services only start at 08h00 and ends 20h00 most of the time. Sometimes we do not even watch the entire news. Watch up with 08h00 to 20h00? We do not watch ‘Gardener’s Daughter’ any more and early morning show on Damara-Nama radio is also history for us. Is the NBC aware of this? And if they are, when are they going to fix the problem? This has been going on for a quite a while now.* COME on NBC, you just cannot make better operational decisions? Changing the only thing that attracts viewers to your broadcast to Saturday morning is absurd. I’m talking about ‘Gardener’s Daughter’. Please replace ‘Generations’ at 14h00 with ‘Gardener’s Daughter’ because nobody is watching it in the mornings.* I WONDER if the City of Windhoek bosses know that not all of us can afford to join land auctions. I have been on a land waiting list for 2 years. I am homeless.Offbeat * If GTV can have its banner at State Hospital can I also have mine – in semi-nude – on the other side? I am so lonely.* CAN you please ask the Minster of Justice to replace those hard chairs in High Court, especially in the waiting rooms of court B, C, D and E. Since Dr LC STEYN opened that building in 1960 the same chairs have been there.* IS God so unfair that He only blesses certain people? I am sick and tired of suffering. Can any church leader help me on this. I’ve been a born-again Christian for the past 10 years now!

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