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Anger over NumbeoÔÇÖs rating on Namibia

Fri, 1 September 2017 18:11
by Kelvin Chiringa
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The latest shocking rating by Numbeo of Namibia being the tenth most dangerous country in the world has raised questions over the reality of economic sabotage by renowned global hitmen on Namibia while the rating itself left more questions than answers over its credibility and economic consequences.

Although  Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga has cringed at the report as rather “too extreme”, tourism players feel no decisive action has been taken to fight back the story with the contempt it deserves. The criteria with which this agency has used to come to such an absurd conclusion has been put to the question, and The Villager has come up with a list of countries, notorious no go areas that are not only poverty stricken beyond the levels of Namibia but are war-torn with tourism almost non-existent.

The Villager has listed in no particular order, but judging by instability levels, horrific natural disasters and terroristic activity, top ten countries, comprising, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Egypt, Philippines, Yemen, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Myanmar and Chechnya.

These countries are war-torn with some war-weary, considered high-risk areas, and to the position, Namibia among them would be rather preposterous and irrational, some have opined. Speaking to The Villager over the rating, James David, owner of a successful tourism shuttle service in the city expressed his anger over the “lack of a decisive retaliation from Namibia’s tourism control board”.

“This is the work of maybe a journalist who is just failing to put things together correctly to the point of coming to that rating. It’s bad for business, yes and we would have expected the Namibia Tourism Board to have fought back at such a rating,” he jabbed.

The Villager wanted to ascertain if Ndeitunga thought such a rating could have been the deliberate attempt by global economic hitmen who are known for coming up with such reports to sabotage economies and gain de facto access to sovereign resources. He, however, could not respond indicating that he had made himself clear already with the media on the issue. This is not the first absurd of assessments suffered by Namibia this month alone as Moody’s came with its downgrade that was received with both consternation and shock from GRN and the Finance Ministry.

 But who are the global economic hit men and how real is their work within the world economy, how big a threat is their activity to Namibia and is there any reason to raise the alarm? Self-confessed notorious economic hitman John Perkins has provided clues as to how and why countries are targeted, the major part being resources, such as oil and uranium and the primary object being to infiltrate such sovereign states to create problems and proffer solutions which are exploitative.

Numbeo which placed these ratings is itself the world’s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide, and their assessments carry weight on investor sentiment.  With such a massive power and having dangerously positioned Namibia among the top most lethal places to be in the entire world, how much of an impact will this have on tourism?

“I do not know how the rating was done, but considering the situation now compared to other countries, I do not think that rating has any credibility considering our peace and stability. We are one of the most peaceful countries and we, in fact, should be in the top ten of the most peaceful countries in the world,” commented Romeo Muyunda, Communications Officer at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. However other people who spoke with The Villager on condition of anonymity said the rating is a mere crude scare tactic that should rather speed up efforts to fi x what problems are there.

 “I think it’s time we take seriously the effort to fi x our problems, especially where tourism is concerned. We need to fi x the roads, like the Sousuvlei road which is the most frequented by tourists. It is still gravel, and instead of the NTB being busy with the Ongwediva Trade Fair they should be fi nding ways to fi x this,” said David.

 This week, the president has tenaciously refused to allow Namibia to get debt from the IMF, and although he did not state the reasons, it seems his speech acknowledges the fact that debt has been used as a weapon by IMF, which Perkins admits is the motherboard of economic hitmen, to subjugate and exploit economies in the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia.