THE sleepy house called the National Assembly has become alive again and received publicity for the wrong reasons.
It is reported that the State-owned media houses – the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and New Era – came under heavy attack from several MPs-cum-Ministers last Friday for alleged “pathetic” and selective coverage of official events.
They threatened to abolish them or refuse to approve their budgets using (abusing!) the two-thirds majority they enjoy in Parliament. This is the very two-thirds majority they have been using to reject or oppose the opposition MPs’ motions or contributions. Now it has become a threat to this nation!
Namibians must know by now that the power of having a two-thirds majority is a master key to enable anyone having it to do or support everything you want to do. If these MPs and Ministers have the power to abolish or withhold the money from NBC, why don’t they have power to amend or repeal the still existing apartheid laws?
Why don’t they have the power to make urgent decisions to reduce poverty, unemployment, crime, under-development, corruption, ignorance, incompetence, hunger, mismanagement, laziness, etc. My conclusion is that they are deliberately letting this nation down in order to be dependent on them as beggars for handouts.
It is high time that Namibians also realize that they have the power to reduce this abused two-thirds majority by voting for other political parties instead of continuing entrusting their wellbeing and lives in the hands of careless and non-serious politicians. Does that mean, if they are shown by NBC/New Era that they are delivering services efficiently and effectively?
It is very shameful that they are displaying the arrogance of power to bulldoze the taxpayer’s funded media to satisfy their political egos. They are not even different to what another Minister Kazenambo kazenambo has said and done to the media and journalists. These people have no democratic acumen. They are still living in the political barracks 22 years after independence. It is very scandalous that even Deputy Minister Tjekero Tweya, who is supposed to have been fired for fencing-off communal land, i.e invading 10 villages, is calling for journalists to be “fired” while Swapo Party MP, Paulus Kapia, who has a corruption case (AVID, N$30 million) pending, is calling or threatening to refuse to approve the money and by accident to refuse the information to the public.
This is very shameful! I salute Namibian Sun for coming out in defense of their colleagues in its editorial of Monday, 16 April, 2012.
The media will have to understand the need for solidarity rather than to be used as launching pads for political agendas of individuals who serve the public. That is how dictatorships start, slowly but surely.
These tired politicians must also know that they came there without having to spend a single cent from their own pockets. They are using our money. The taxpayers’ money. They are there on our tickets. We have the power to remove them and replace them with competent people.
I can now see that the campaign that was pushed under our noses as ‘My Namibia, My country, My Pride’ is a palpable farce! These politicians think we are fools and need to be brainwashed through the State-controlled media.
A furious citizen