I hail from what is often characterised as the most arrogant tribe to have walked the Land of the Brave. I come from those lied to by the colonisers that they are better than others, which lie continues to cost them dearly in an independent Namibia full of opportunities, which they sadly often deem below them.
I know and understand what it means when one group makes the Calvinistic doctrine their own, but in recent times I have come to realise they do not have a monopoly on that notion in this country.
It is my fervent hope that my children’s future is not defined by these notions, but rather by what Hosea Kutako and Sam Nujoma impliedly agreed on: that men’s contribution to this Berlin crafted border should be gauged not on the basis of his point of departure.
My outlook on life is formed by the fact that he who took me from the street is not my kith and kin, but that Ndonga son, Nahas Gideon Angula, who at that time saw significance in Yours Truly in 1995, not because of weakness from his side, but the realisation that we all deserve our day in this harsh Namibian sun should we display the potential!
We all need to realise that peace is best preserved when all, Kosie Pretorius and Razikua Kaumbi alike feel a part of this country we call home. We should do this not because we are weak, but because of that old adage of United we Stand, Divided we Fall.
I have recently developed great angst at the many unanswered invitations to our president’s call to every Namibian to join him in building a grand house under which we shall all shelter from the legacies of feudalism, colonialism, apartheid, and from the grasps of classism and tribalism.
There even appear to be some within our body politik, who seem hell-bent on rebuffing our president and his nation-building project, as if they are both undesirable transplants, plucked from a foreign void and foisted upon us. When people regroup or retreat into numerical advantage or comfort zones to intimidate a sitting president, we should know that we have not made progress as a nation state. We have failed with One Namibia One Nation successfully!
I have said it, and I shall continue to state that President Hage Geingob deserves our support, because the direction he has espoused to take our country, points the due course to our shared vision as a nation.
Patriotism is not a concept of comfort or convenience, but a realisation of the importance of institutions in the continued viability of a country.
I was born and raised here, and as such know that when former president Hifikepunye Pohamba backed Geingob, it is not because he had no one in the nearby Onamunama village, or when founding father Sam Nujoma repeatedly appointed late Mosé Tjitendero to lead our August House, it was not because Etilyasa had no son of equal calibre, but because of the realisation that this country belongs to all of us.
There are those who fear that their own people will lose faith in them if the sitting president is to succeed for they have failed to change the lives of their neighbours. Their agenda is to frustrate the sitting president at all costs.
I agree with my fellow citizens that now is not the time to build grandiose institutions where the majority will never enter, but will disagree with the small elite, whatever the consequences to myself, that the country is in the wrong hands.
Are these not the same hands that paved the way for the return of those few from exile, the same hands that made opposing forces with diverse selfish interest craft the best constitution ever, the same hands that created the administration of this country from nothing, and have excelled at that. Come on, we can do better than this!
I do not see why a person, of the age of the sitting president, would throw away what he worked for all these years at this stage in his life – why throw away the relay button before the finishing line if he is ahead. The small elite, that is working behind the scene to frustrate the president, should be told that they have a lot to lose should this country slide into chaos, not the silent majority who have nothing but patriotism and love for this country.
To be critical of a sitting president in defence of national interest evokes admiration. When the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) is advancing a cause of national interest for the benefit of the whole nation, it creates hope for the future of this country. After all AR is not too different from some of the student movements we had at Unam through PASS, CAUCUs, and Malcolm X Club. Bringing important issues directly into the national discourse, despite efforts by various gatekeepers to advance a national agenda of warped priorities, brings us all as a nation to the realisation that self-critique is far better and beneficial to all, than the self-serving mechanisations of Mandarins. However, when people criticise and ostracise the president because he became a statesman after whatever favour and assistance they rendered to him, or because he is not from my-own, it leaves a sour taste in the mouth of observers.
To be continued.
Joshua Razikua Kaumbi
B.A. (Political Science and Sociology) Unam; LLB Stellenbosch, practising attorney of the High Court of Namibia