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Leave promises, just do it

Mon, 18 February 2013 02:59
by Deputy Editor

Promises alone aren’t enough even Pohamba knows
The game of politics is as old as civilization itself.
In fact, even the mighty Greek philosophers found it there but all that remains today is the art of promising coined in the profession.
Politics comes with all the ingredients of being able to articulate yourself and for those with the ability to find a weak spot in their masses, thriving is the end result.
More often than not politicians worldwide are the best promise makers hence they have been renowned for promising to build bridges even in places where the rivers do not flow.
This sums up all politicians world over.
While it would be unfair to put all politicians in Namibia under one banner for making promises they cannot meet, the majority of them who were at the forefront for promising a raft of changes in 2009 elections have not met half of their promises.
It is now only a year away from yet another election in Namibia, albeit with even more fancied promises from the these men and women.
Poverty still remains a realistic challenge that faces every Namibian family.
Inequality and inability to afford medical bills and a decent meal on the table is not a mere Somalian issue but as good a Namibian issue to date.
These are the challenges that most politicians in our Parliament and Cabinet promised will be dealt with when they were campaigning for their ticket to the August house.
Time has come for these politicians to account for their promises.
What will their job be if families go to bed on empty stomachs and many out there cannot afford health care?
The realities on the ground in terms of poverty, unemployment and hunger are still noticeable that even the Head of State President Hifikepunye Pohamba wants to see action.
According to the President’s own words at the official opening of Parliament and Cabinet last week, “Independence alone is not enough if the country is in poverty and hunger.”
Pohamba called on some of his fellow politicians to deliver and to fight the challenges of hunger unemployment and poverty.
One would not help but feel pity for the President’s passionate plea for delivery at a time when all that comes from politicians are promises.
It is also important to note that even the President himself has seen that promises alone are not enough to quench the thirst of the masses and neither are they enough to get the unemployed the much needed jobs.
Hats off to the President who seems to be determined to change the art of politics from big promise makers to big doers.