Yes, the year is literally over for The Villager but not before we bid farewell to all the parliamentarians and politicians in the Land of the Brave.
Bid farewell to those who made money this year, those who lost out on tenders to the forces of the Pohamba Junior, to those who got next to no votes in the elections, to those who thought poverty can be experienced in three days and to those who control still don’t know the prices of butter, bread, or oros but pull the strings on everything that has a price tag in the country we hope to see you next year as changed people.
Wishful thinking? I thought as much. Well that is why the Judgment Call thought to remind the Dr Geingob’s new administration just in case some things that made headlines in 2014 are forgotten in the midst of all the excitement, if you want to put it like that.
So Shaduka is still on the run, oil prices are still going up, potholes are not as deadly this year but they should be looked at, some nurses/doctors are still negligent, passion killing is still an issue, corruption is still eating at the foundation of the country, the chances of an electricity black out is still a problem, rent prices are still going up, we have not forgotten Frieda Ndatipo and someone should still go to jail for a killing, and land is still an issue.
The Chinese are still getting all the good tenders, the Chinese are still paying peanuts and selling the best quality of fake goods, the Ebola scare was handled with the highest quality of inanity and hope when we do have future scares like that they will not be handled by putting inexperienced health workers at the fore front without so much as hand gloves like that nurse who examined the escaped Congolese.
The list goes on really but importantly, the new President should remember his promises to us in the manifesto. The promises which should be carried out in the next five years.
When you promised to:
To grow the economy, and create wealth and job opportunities for all Namibians.
To pursue policies and strategies to safeguard macroeconomic stability, promote economic diversification and transformation of the Namibian economy to be more inclusive and resilient to internal and external shocks.
To adopt inclusive and sustained economic transformation programmes that can be divided into two sub-categories namely macroeconomic or cross-cutting policy reforms and initiatives and specific sectoral or microeconomic interventions.
Continued mobilisation of resources toward provision of free quality primary education ----and the introduction of free secondary education.
The possibility of free tertiary/higher education in priority sectors will be explored.
Modernisation of physical capacity, equipment and technology of existing schools, vocational and skills development centres, as well as education and training institutions.
Increased capacities and improvement of the quality of delivery of vocational skills development.
Continued advancement of agriculture development through the provision of support services to commercial and subsistent farmers to increase both crop and livestock production.
Increased investment towards research, extension and quarantine services, regulation, and financing of physical infrastructure.
Continued development of horticulture, commercial and individual fruit and vegetable production activities to ensure agronomic development and food security at national and household levels.
Promotion of the agro-industry and value addition to agriculture produce.
Continued development of agronomic projects and infrastructure for production, storage, processing and marketing to ensure food security and foreign earnings through the export of agriculture products.
Ensuring that Namibia increases its share of the domestic, regional and international markets for agriculture produce.
Ensuring that funding is responsive to the national agricultural agenda, with specific focus on financing of land acquisition and development, as well as production, processing and marketing.
Amending existing legislation and regulations as well as developing new legislation, policies, standards and regulations governing health service delivery.
Ensuring that Namibian environmental laws and policies are in conformity with acceptable international and regional standards and regulations.
Upgrading the existing infrastructure and developing new health facilities to cater for the fast increasing population.
Developing new health facilities to effectively deal with the existing and emerging diseases.
Undertaking research and training to achieve national public health objectives.
Remember your promises to us in the next five years, it doesn’t make sense that the government says it’s interested in uplifting its people yet, we are listed as the 2nd country to Dubai with increasing house prices.