New media DNA: the celebrity fixation

Hage is the most ethical (and most lied about) president in Namibian history

There is no journalism course that prepares students for the advent of hypocrites in the newsroom. How does one address the issue of biased media coverage orchestrated by those pushing a selfish agenda against the current administration for their own selfish gains using bent and controlled media outlets? Just so you know there has been new elements embedded in modern media DNA: the celebrity profile and fixation of new.

Tribalists and conniving BEE are not an existential treat to the peace and stability of the country, they are a hot new trend. They are dapper and edgy, presented by the media as if anti-heroes flawed but somehow loved. The rapidly normalisation, nay, glamorisation of people such as the AR four and others is also, depressingly, a function of media's established profound towards and solidarity with those they intend to push and make household names. Some media's caricature of President Hage has become an offensive distortion and maybe it is time to speak the truth and fight the slander.

So if this headline blows your mind, you can thank months of relentless lies and smears by the tribalist attack machines and its media enablers, who are labouring tirelessly to create an aura of incompetence around Hage Geingob. These detractors reel off a laundry list of unsupported accusations with an air of absolute authority. Never before has Namibia seen movements strategically stacked against the sitting president like we are seeing now.

As a non-partisan pundit, I'm sick and tired of endless lies about President Hage Geingob; the character attacks, the distortions of his agenda, the knobby misrepresentation portrayed in some newspapers. Anyone can see that it is precisely the intention: Taint him through innuendo, throw enough dirt at him so the masses develop an instant negative association with his name. Accuse, accuse, accuse until the accusation becomes the reality. Local businesspersons and corrupt politicians are spending inordinate sums to paint a malignant picture of Geingob, using propagandists with sophisticated techniques to render him toxic to Namibia.

Sadly, some people blindly imbibe and regurgitate these fabricated narratives, joined by operatives of stuffy pigsties called newsrooms with personal vendettas, whose biasness is so vivid even to a kindergartner. They tell people that the state coffers started drying soon after Geingob expanded the cabinet, appointed money-hungry advisors from the private sector, increased the pensioner grant, increased politicians municipal utility allowances and others.

That Geingob is so incompetent that all these factors that are poking holes in the government pockets were done without carefully assessing the affordability and sound financial projections of the country. But the fact is this: no one has ever produced an iota of evidence that Geingob incapable of running this country. No one has produced a scintilla of proof that there is a 'quid pro quo' when it comes to the selection of his team.

These 'Gupta-wannabes" belly-fulls have benefited from both the administrations of the two previous presidents before Geingob and now for the first time this country is seeing a president who wouldn't tolerate and is actively against the culture of state capture. Truth is mistakes were made in the past, some argue that Geingob was part previous administrations, but one can nearly he is exonerate him by virtue of not having the power to overrule the president whatever position he held in the past.

We are not told enough-a-time by this biased and bent agenda serving media that the real factors that weakened the country’s liquidity are ambitious undertaking such as the N$9.1 billion Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (Tipeeg), the oil-storage facility which has been inflated from N$900 million to N$5.5 billion, the Namibian dollar-Angolan Kwanza currency conversation disaster which has cost Government close to N$5 billion, the Neckartal Dam inflated at N$2.6 billion, the multimillion dollar mass housing project and the corrupt Customs- X-Ray scanner deal where Government lost about N$500 million and other gigantic financial commitments of the past.

It's mindboggling how suddenly these ruthlessly corrupted politicians and greedy BEE shot-callers along with the biased press are oblivious that all these happened before Geingob's presidency. It is sad that the public is not told enough-a-time that Geingob's administration is diligently focusing its energy and efforts on correcting previous mistakes without wasting a single second on pointing fingers.

The public is not told enough-a-time that Geingob inherited so many problems, instead of allowing themselves to be used by tribalists and greedy businessmen and these power hungry, dishonesty and manipulative groups that have refused to accept his presidency and propagating negative energy around him, they should get together and help their government help them.

No matter how shocking this may sound to malicious critics, tribalists who spend their time condescendingly mocking and accusing anyone who is honest enough to say a good word about Geingob of being on the payroll, the President has demonstrated that he is a thoughtful, hardworking public servant who has earned the respect of leaders at home, Africa and overseas.

Without taking anything from past presidents, Geingob is an upstanding, principled and dignified leader who has survived an induced political wilderness and is currently surviving the most purposely made volatile and unstable administration in Namibian history.