To Be (Brave) or Not to Be


John Ekongo Actually, when the English poet and philosopher coined the statement, all of us would be quite astute to state the obvious that he would know nothing of an envisaged perennial existence of some country called Namibia. Little less would he also have known that his literary genius would bear any resemblance to contemporary Namibia. So it appears, now if you were unlucky like the lot of my peers who inherently were forced to study the works of the English dramatist, then you would dramatically agree that we have perhaps found Shakespeare’s true analogies in one Alex Kamwi and the war veterans saga. To avoid confusion, look at some titles of Shakespeare’s works, such as Love’s Labour’s Lost, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, From Venus and Adonis. At least give me the satisfaction of agreeing with me that indeed the current saga with the ex-Plan fighter bears the hallmarks of a well crafted English literature piece, if looking at these titles is anything to go by. From what we gathered, it is quite a hefty demand that our gallant fighters are billing for. On the frank side, it is not attainable for many reasons, but practically it will bankrupt the country straight out and hope the World bank and the International Monetary Fund do not notice. Otherwise we are doomed and set for some structural adjustment programme and recitational economy packages that will leave us in economic insolvency. Not that I disagree with the concept of compensation, but in all its nobility and wisdom it lacks the acknowledgement of a society we have become, and in my opinion it borders well on to the side of greed, non compassionate behaviour and typically self-fulfilling tendencies. Unfortunately, the war veteran will attest that it is our toil and sacrifice that brought about freedom, and then one’s mind would quickly run to Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour Lost”. What happened to the statement we all contributed to the liberation of Namibia? Even to think of mining concessions, fishing quotas, half a million dollars, close to N$8 000 a month, free medical and free education for life and their offspring thereof, this is pure cynical beyond cynicalism, if such a word does exist. As much as I am flabbergasted, I am quite stunned that they did not include in their demands free transportation, perhaps top of the range SUV or luxury German sedans and a full tank to go by. If one is to find the comparison with the dramatist I alluded to earlier, then it is all well and clear that he stated that all those who are role players in his theatre works are fools and self inclined individuals who believe that theirs is the way to deal with issues. However by Shakespeare’s account, “not the marble nor the gilded monuments are enough to fill the void but joy of peace”. So I say perhaps the war veterans are just a little bit far from reality and a good shaking up will do. Otherwise they should stop crying “much ado about nothing” and continue living with a peaceful mind like the rest of all Namibians. Eewa!