Namibia at 24, So what?
After 24 years of Independence it is important to ask ourselves; what have we achieved as a Nation socially, politically and economically? This self-introspection will help us to evaluate our progress, if any, that we have made.
Namibia has evolved as a state with the rule of law and a growing economy but the country is still battling gigantic income inequality, poverty, failing education system, lack of housing and lack of health care among other things. All these negative aspects have an overshadowing effect that can undermine all the positive strides we have made as a Nation since March 21, 1990.
What is more disturbing is that every time we hear politicians telling us how far Namibia has come. The rhetoric is always about how they fought for this country, which we all greatly appreciate, but now it is time to move forward.
Annually, during Independence Day celebrations we are bombarded with the hoopla that Namibia has a rule of law and is enjoying peace and stability. Peace and stability are important, but how relevant are institutions created to protect the State if the same institutions neglect their mandate to look after the citizens.
In retrospect, yes we can see that since 1990 there has been some progress. We have built schools, taken electricity to rural areas, people now have access to water, roads and other infrastructure have been built, and the economy has grown significantly. We have also provided our people with free and fair elections, micro and macro stability, allowed the private sector to flourish, but is this enough and who has benefited?
Namibia is 24 years old and one would have thought that more should have been done to improve the living and working conditions for the majority of our people. Sadly nothing much has changed for the masses.
Previously disadvantaged Namibians still lack access to housing. They are still being denied decent housing and good education.
Government must be commended for continuing to prioritise education since Independence and in equal measure the Government must also be criticised for failing to implement, monitor and evaluate the commitment it has made to the sector – because we not getting value for our money as tax payers.
The fact that we now have universal primary education is a good step and we have seen an increase in girl child enrolment ,and we welcome the secondary universal education expected to be implemented in 2016. We see progress in uplifting these rights as the correct steps to build the nation. However, questions still remains; when will we realise the fruits of our taxes?
Lack of appropriate skills development is killing us.
Housing shortages remain a pain in the flesh for many Namibians. The debate on land for the black Namibian is a serious challenge. It’s unfortunate after all these years of Independence people still don’t own land.- Lot Ndamanomhata
We have made suggestions to Government to craft Laws to help address this imbalance, yet after 24 years of freedom, the most Namibians are still to access it.
It is my hope that the Mass Housing Scheme will not end up becoming a cash cow project for the elites in society, the same way many other programmes have gone.
All local authorities used to get N$1 million to build cheap housing but none of these local authorities have accounted for these amounts, even the Windhoek Municipality.
Mass housing will mean nothing if we allow what has happened in Gibeon regarding the bucket toilet system. There was no accountability and nothing has changed or the 20million toilets in the North that were built in no man’s land.
There is need for accountability and transparency in the way the NHE conducts its business.
Housing is a constitutional right and as such everyone must be entitled to one. Government must not make believe that it is doing them a favour by unveiling the houses, because this is an overdue service and right people are entitled to.
It’s a fact that our economy continues to grow but the growth is not inclusive at all. It is only for the few, as unemployment continues to affect the majority of Namibians. There is need to add value to our raw materials so that we stop exporting jobs.Since Independence, 24 years ago, the youth population has grown phenomenally in Namibia. This continuously increasing population shows that there have been some successes in the health sector as more babies are escaping death at birth.
However, the sad truth is that youth unemployment has reached nearly 62% in the country. These are tomorrows’ leaders yet no opportunities exist for them in Namibia in terms of economic practice and ownership of the means of survival.
We want housing, jobs, healthcare, to be included in decision making, access to health and quality education.
We are opposed to corruption, crime and violence. The State must take care of us to reduce cases of social delinquencies.
Because in the end, a hungry soul is an unpatriotic soul and as we all know it is a soul waiting to lead the country towards chaos and anarchy.