As we celebrate Namibia’s 29 years of independence, we have a lot to be grateful for. Namibia is one of the few countries in the third world whose citizens actually enjoy some first world benefits.
For 29 years, the government has built world-class infrastructure for its citizens. Namibia is now considered an upper-middle-income country, despite the challenges it is currently experiencing.
The country’s people enjoy peace and security while the country has been ranked as a success story when it comes to press freedom and freedom expression. Most importantly, Namibians have never known uncertainty for 29 years.
As we congratulate President Hage Geingob and his leadership team, we would like to state that the journey is still very long and challenging.
Namibians are still waiting for the promised prosperity and the Namibian dream of a functioning state till eternity.
This is because there are some many advantages for citizens when they live in a functioning state.
When your country is functioning, everything seems to go well and the country and its people are often concerned about the long-term future of their country.
Planning is on a 10-year basis and so is the budgeting.
This also allows for well thought through monitoring and evaluation programmes to help arrest what does not work and amend the plans.
Often government institutions and agencies have long traditions, well-entrenched operational methods, and institutional memory.
The smooth running of such institutions is never dependent on the individual in charge.
However, the most important part of a well-run country is the fact that policy direction and decision-making is people-centred.
This means everything is done to benefit the citizens and inhabitants of that country.
The benefits to the people of such a country are endless; their education system is often competitive and well refined.
Their health care universal and affordable, in fact in many well-run countries, private hospitals, and schools are the exception and not the norm.
People in such countries have food security and affordable and decent shelter to guarantee them a dignified existence.
Because of all those benefits, citizens in those countries have time to build their country.
They compete to see who finds the best solutions for the challenges their country is facing.
In those countries, innovation is the key to success and money, not politics or influence peddling.
I know that as Africans or citizens of southern Africa, the utopian dream I just described seems a bit too farfetched and cannot be attained in the near future. But my point is that nothing is impossible.
We need to gather the steam and willpower to push ourselves to come as close as possible to such a dream.
We can no longer watch as unpatriotic Africans continue to throw spanners in the way of our dream.
Often these unpatriotic Africans, sometimes elected leaders, have been so consumed by their own selfishness and greed that they are willing to sell their countries’ sovereignty for handbags, food parcels and alcohol.
Running a country, especially in Africa, is not an easy task. We would like to tell President Geingob that it is in fact also not a popularity contest.
As Namibia comes of age, we would like to encourage President Geingob and his team that as long as he works towards the long-term benefit of his nation and the preservation of his country’s sovereignty history will never blame them.
So, as we celebrate Namibia’s 29-year anniversary, the challenge to all Namibians should be how can each individual contribute towards the dream of making their country a functioning state. After all, we owe it to those Whose Blood Waters Our Freedom.