The ball is in Oshikoto’s court

Oshikoto region of Namibia – the beacon of hope

By Nkrumah Mushelenga

As part of his national political social economic diversification dream in 2020, Professor Mburumba Kerina appealed to members of the public in general and members of Parliament and National Council in particular, to investigate the possibility of transferring the second house of parliament- National Council – to Omuthiya Town in the Oshikoto region. For detailed information, please see New Era 13/03/2020.

We the residents of Oshikoto region support and overwhelmingly accepted the notion. We are horizontal and vertically trading the model with the communities of Oshikoto to develop passion with Professor Kerina’s social economic intention for the country.

According to the Professor, if the National Council is transferred to Omuthiya, this will provide the young generation with employment to prevent them from flocking to urban areas. He also appealed to the President of the Republic, Dr. Hage Geingob, to convene the two houses of parliament to adopt a sustainable development plan of action, to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for development and further to provide access to justice for all for the building of effective accountable institutions at all levels in the country.

We the residents of Oshikoto, commend comrade Professor Kerina, for his political, patriotic, social economic, informative, educational and motivational opinion.

For every peace loving Namibian to comprehend the message, kindly allow me to paraphrase the story content as it was written.

Cde Professor Kerina started his opinion with an extract from a prayer that Chief Hosea Kutako wrote to the United Nations with Rev. Michael Scott in 1945.

“O Lord help us who roam about. Help us who have been placed in Africa and have no dwelling place of our own. Give us back our home”.

Professor Kerina, then asked a wise heartfelt question, “What world are we leaving for our children?” And informed young Namibians that they have a legitimate right to be angry. 

He further inspired the youth of Namibia to sit in Parliament and at every table, to stop and repair what he called the “catastrophe of intergenerational crime and inequality”.

The Professor spoke of an inevitable serious crisis between generations in the country, and cautioned that the intergenerational crisis between Namibian youth and the older generation is increasingly on the rise.

Professor Kerina likewise, alerted the general public that the government has created a system that disproportionately rewards the happy few, at the expense of the Namibian majority.

He then legitimately so, advised the government that, “Young Namibians who suffered under the apartheid dispensation, are justifiably so deeply hurt and angry”. According to him, they see this policy as betrayal of their future adding that, the country is moving in the direction of ungovernability phase.

With age comes wisdom

Professor Kerina expressed concerns of the issues of underfunding of;

health,

education,

social security,

infrastructure,

climate change,

phosphate mining and,

destruction of the country’s forests in;

Zambezi and,

Kavango regions.

As residents of Oshikoto region, we applaud Professor Kerina’s article and consider it as a political revolutionary message aimed at consolidating the country’s social economic democratic values. As veterans of the liberation struggle, we see this as a dream come true, and that the struggle for social economic liberation has just begun.

We are happy to learn that there are many old and young patriotic Namibian revolutionary cadres, who continue to uphold the objectives of our forefathers and mothers to liberate our land and its economic resources from foreign occupation – Nehale lya Mpingana, Hosea Kutako, Hendrik Witbooi, Jacob Kuhangua, Brendan Simbwaye, Mandume yaNdemufayo, and Iipumbu yaShilongo, just to mention a few. We are indeed happy to hear, see, feel, and test the revolutionary determination and commitment of young Namibians to liberate the majority of Namibia’s impoverished communities, from the bondage of economic slavery being managed by banks, municipalities and government parastatals, trade unions and the private sector.

We thank God for blessing Professor Kerina with intact unshakable health, and unwavering love for his country and its people. In the same vein, we appeal to the Namibian people countrywide, to support the notion. Professor, your article serves as a unifying roadmap to social economic liberation. We see the period 2021-2022, as years of social economic revolution (transformation). Why? Because we indeed learned that in life, no human being is above natural law.

What impressed the residents of Oshikoto is that comrade Kerina’s view is not defamatory or a character assassination campaign against any individual, political party or tribal groupings. It is a well- orchestrated inclusive message for all age groups, designed to capture the hearts and minds of all genders and age groups.  The message inspires both the youth and elders to consolidate our commitment towards the struggle for social economic liberation.

The message is notifying Namibian politicians irrespective of their political party, that they all have a common constitutional mandate or obligation, and that they were delegated by the electorate (voters) to represent the people of Namibia, guided by the objectives of the Constitution of Namibia.

The message talked about the common enemy of the Namibian people which remains ‘poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease’. Comrades and compatriots, such communication deserves a speedy and prompt serious consideration by all Namibians and in particular the residents of Oshikoto region.

It is a nationally designed inspiring and debatable topic. It encourages the youth, the elders to act and deliver in unison and not to allow ourselves to be divided by greediness.

Comrade Professor Kerina, be rest assured that the residents of Oshikoto have been searching for a better inclusive congratulatory word to express our appreciation in line with your dream for our region. We will keep you in our daily prayers and would wish to give a standing ovation and physically shake hands with you during the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the offices of the second house of parliament- the National Council in Omuthiya Town.

Dear compatriots, it is important to say that we are living in a competitive world. As such, I will fail in my duty if I do not borrow some of Dr. Tibane’s motivational minutes to depict the really situation on the ground. According to Dr. Tibane, the most dreadful disease on earth: is not malaria, nor TB, nor cancer, nor AIDS, “but a negative mental attitude”.

For the residents of Oshikoto to benefit from Professor Kerina’s notion, we should have a clear collective intention, and we should spend our lives paying attention to our dream of the second house of parliament in Omuthiya. Remember, passion is falling in love with your destiny.

* Nkrumah Mushelenga is a Rt. Commissioner for Refugees, former Namibia National Liberation Veterans Association National Coordinator, and the founder and trustee of Peter Nanyemba ex-PLAN Combatant Veterans Trust (pnpcv)