Unity Will Promote Good Governance

Unity Will Promote Good Governance

DISUNITY and infighting within the ruling party, Swapo, compounded by the politics of patronage, have undoubtedly been inhibiting factors as far as good governance is concerned this year.

And unfortunately this situation is likely to be further exacerbated in 2007 as Swapo moves towards its watershed mid-year Congress. The problem of disunity in Swapo would not be a problem in itself, if this was simply confined to Swapo.Given however, the fact that it is the ruling party and that the divisions have permeated Ministries and various Government offices, these have effectively hampered good and efficient service delivery and speedy resolution of conflicts.The efforts of former President Sam Nujoma, and even the incumbent President Hifikepunye Pohamba, to pretend that all is well, are not actually helping to resolve the situation.It is an open secret that the divisions continue to run deep and wide within Swapo, its affiliated branches, as well as the trade unions and most pertinently, Government itself.And it is the latter that concerns us.Namibia has not made much progress in the past year to seriously get to grips with problem issues and challenges, such as unemployment, poverty, the crime rate and/or corruption for that matter.Attempts to deal with these have at best been half-hearted, and even though they are embraced by popular rhetoric among political leadership, there has been no concerted focus on dealing a death blow to these scourges.The disunity in Swapo ranks therefore, has had a negative effect on good governance, and President Pohamba does not appear to have his finger on the pulse.Calming and reassuring though his Presidency may be, he has not managed to exercise effective leadership in the past year, and we believe that this is a direct result of the infighting and the all-pervasive influence of his predecessor.A nation in turmoil cannot go forward or progress.A hesitant head of state cannot provide the necessary leadership to tackle the challenges that lie ahead of us, and deal with them in a decisive and inclusive manner.We do need empowered leadership to front our campaigns against the ills that plague our country.The rot will simply set in further if we continue in the manner we do at present.We need to be making very concrete gains in our struggle against corruption and bad governance at the very least.We hope that in the year ahead good sense will prevail in the ranks of the ruling party so that this realisation, at the very least, is brought home, and Swapo will realise that the infighting is a costly affair to the country as a whole.Safe And Peaceful Holiday To All THE editor and staff of The Namibian would like to take this opportunity to thank our readers and advertisers and all those associated with us for their support in the past year.It has been a tough one in many ways, and we have experienced some teething problems with the acquisition of a new printing press, which has sometimes resulted in late newspapers and/or registration problems, and readers and advertisers have exercised patience with us.We thank them all for this.We believe we have made the right decision in our partnership in Free Press Printers, and will redouble efforts in the New Year to ensure that these problems are a thing of the past.We also have great plans for improving the content and quality of the newspaper, as well as its accessibility to a majority of our population, and we will continue to work on this in the year ahead to strive for both bigger and better in 2007.We hope for a fatality-free week to come before we enter the New Year.We remind readers and advertisers that this is our last edition for 2006.We will be back with you on January 3, 2007.The problem of disunity in Swapo would not be a problem in itself, if this was simply confined to Swapo.Given however, the fact that it is the ruling party and that the divisions have permeated Ministries and various Government offices, these have effectively hampered good and efficient service delivery and speedy resolution of conflicts.The efforts of former President Sam Nujoma, and even the incumbent President Hifikepunye Pohamba, to pretend that all is well, are not actually helping to resolve the situation.It is an open secret that the divisions continue to run deep and wide within Swapo, its affiliated branches, as well as the trade unions and most pertinently, Government itself.And it is the latter that concerns us.Namibia has not made much progress in the past year to seriously get to grips with problem issues and challenges, such as unemployment, poverty, the crime rate and/or corruption for that matter.Attempts to deal with these have at best been half-hearted, and even though they are embraced by popular rhetoric among political leadership, there has been no concerted focus on dealing a death blow to these scourges.The disunity in Swapo ranks therefore, has had a negative effect on good governance, and President Pohamba does not appear to have his finger on the pulse.Calming and reassuring though his Presidency may be, he has not managed to exercise effective leadership in the past year, and we believe that this is a direct result of the infighting and the all-pervasive influence of his predecessor.A nation in turmoil cannot go forward or progress.A hesitant head of state cannot provide the necessary leadership to tackle the challenges that lie ahead of us, and deal with them in a decisive and inclusive manner.We do need empowered leadership to front our campaigns against the ills that plague our country.The rot will simply set in further if we continue in the manner we do at present.We need to be making very concrete gains in our struggle against corruption and bad governance at the very least.We hope that in the year ahead good sense will prevail in the ranks of the ruling party so that this realisation, at the very least, is brought home, and Swapo will realise that the infighting is a costly affair to the country as a whole.Safe And Peaceful Holiday To All THE editor and staff of The Namibian would like to take this opportunity to thank our readers and advertisers and all those associated with us for their support in the past year.It has been a tough one in many ways, and we have experienced some teething problems with the acquisition of a new printing press, which has sometimes resulted in late newspapers and/or registration problems, and readers and advertisers have exercised patience with us.We thank them all for this.We believe we have made the right decision in our partnership in Free Press Printers, and will redouble efforts in the New Year to ensure that these problems are a thing of the past.We also have great plans for improving the content and quality of the newspaper, as well as its accessibility to a majority of our population, and we will continue to work on this in the year ahead to strive for both bigger and better in 2007.We hope for a fatality-free week to come before we enter the New Year.We remind readers and advertisers that this is our last edition for 2006.We will be back with you on January 3, 2007.

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