A LETTER TO MY SON HEE-DEE IN THE DIASPORA
FIRST AND FOREMOST LET ME ASSURE YOU THAT ALL IS WELL IN THE LAND OF THE BRAVE. THE SEASON OF MADNESS IS OVER. YES, YOURS TRULY WOULD BE LYING TO SAY HE WASN’T HEARTBROKEN BY THE OUTCOME OF THE CONGRESS SINCE SOME SUCH AS COMRADE IMMANUEL NGATJIZEKO DIDN’T MAKE IT TO THE CC. FORGIVE THEM, FOR THEY DO NOT KNOW WHO THEY ARE DEALING WITH. THAT’S BESIDE THE POINT AS DEMOCRACY HAS DICTATED.
SWAPO Party has a solid history, documenting the efforts, resilience, braveness and fighting spirit of the previously disadvantaged citizens of this country.
The war of liberation was fought on many fronts. It was fought in the thick bush, it was fought in the offices, it was fought through sport, and indeed it was fought in a foreign land. This bitter war gave birth to what we call today Namibia, the Land of the Brave. This simply means that the war needed brave citizens to lead us to independence.
The history of the SWAPO Party was compiled from many different sources, and from those who were involved on the ground, from those who were having a bird’s eye view and from those who analyse literature, news bulletins and documents submitted to all our friends during those dark years. The three-legged pot was burning.
One could see the red-fire from a distance. One could see the dark, thick steam smoke hovering above that closed burning pot. And those light-hearted, they didn’t dare look at that pot.
By such, very few people managed to appreciate the efforts that were made by those comrades who were inside that closed black pot. Indeed it was too hot inside, unbearable, uncomfortable and shamefully inhuman.
Ngatjizeko is one such comrade who fought his war inside our country. He was subjected to gross ill-treatment at the hands of the white minority regime. Because the white man couldn’t get Tate Sam, Tate Hifikepunye, Geingob The Administrator and all the other comrades who operated from outside our borders, the wrath of the white man soon was directed to the likes of Ngatjizeko.
He was indeed part of the people who were cooked in that black three-legged pot. He became a victim of all the beatings, the torture, the harsh words and the inhuman treatment of our former masters. He endured that treatment for many years up to the time of our independence.
At independence, Immanuel was one of the first comrades to assist our Founding Father Sam Nujoma in implementing various government programmes. He is a pioneer of the first government in 1990.
And through his hard work, humility, tolerance, loyalty and results-oriented approach, successive leaders appointed him to many government and SWAPO Party assignments, which he executed for excellence.
Today, his body and brains are littered with scars and memories of those dark days. It is the beating and torture that has indeed taken its toll on our hard-working comrade. It is this injustice that has now forced our mentor to take a rest from active government service.
Immanuel offered comradely advice to all who approached him. Immanuel offered his agricultural knowledge to all those who aspired to be great farmers.
He helped and mentored many, especially in my generation as we came from being teenagers, into young men and women ready to unleash our power and energy in righting the wrongs that our former masters had done to our beautiful country.
His most significant achievement is to have calmed down Yours Truly to learn to redirect his youthful energy to essential matters. For “one day that precious energy is going to be in short supply as the body and mind rarely age in the chorus.”
Looking at him today, Yours Truly doesn’t have to die to meet his “guiding angel.” It's from him Yours Truly given a chance learned even to prepare his funeral differently.
Why? As the craftsman, master and mentor are out of a mould of men and women who cherishes sacrifice as the last price to be paid for freedom.
There is a reason why Yours Truly keeps going back to him for he is an OASIS OF WISDOM. Talk business to him, and he will break it down for you as a priest would comb through a bible. Ask him about politics? Forget Okambo ka Lenin (the father of communism and socialism), and you would be forgiven to think that when Malcolm X came to his Africa Pilgrimage, came to consult him.
By now you should know that Malcolm X toned down on his militancy to the dislike of the American system. It's from there he tried to reach out to Martin Luther Jr. Their ONLY meeting led to both of them migrating to another planet as all of us will at some point in our life. Just imagine what would have become of the black race in the US if the two had spent more time together?
It must be noted that Ngatjizeko, the great midfielder in SWAPO Party soccer team, has asked the coach to substitute him. He has asked to be rested, as he continues to fight the after effects of the hot three-legged pot. And as politically knowledgeable he is, this midfield soccer player will indeed be our political dictionary.
The body can tire, but the wisdom in the brain will only be taken to the grave. And because SWAPO Party is a big family, big engine, Tate Ngatjizeko will forever be a valuable senior member of the party, who will serve in other portfolios with the party, impacting his knowledge and wisdom to all who will need it.
Omukuluntu iha yi kokwena ena oombwa. Be a bearer of this message to Ngatjizeko.
“Take a deserved rest Tate, and we wish you a quick recovery, as you battle with the atrocities that were committed towards you by the white minority regime.
Now that you have asked to be replaced in the soccer team, surely the party will give you other assignments the same way your other “midfielders” have been tasked with other assignments outside the soccer pitch.”
It's not a shame for Yours Truly to fight back the tears as the first man Yours Truly has seen shedding tears of grief, is his mentor paying tribute on the passing of his wife, Kahoze at Otjohorongo village.
What Yours Truly knows about tears, is the fact that “omahodhi gomukuluntu iha ga gwile pevi.” You would think that that African say is not applicable here. IT IS. TEARS ARE TEARS.
Ooh! No, that’s not the end. At the right time, you will hear more from Yours Truly.
(Caption: Hon. Immanuel Ngatjizeko pictured with John Walenga at the Swapo Party 6th Congress, 2017)