Citizenship in a republic
14 August 2020 | Opinion
This was a sharp reminder by President Hage Geingob on Wednesday that indeed government will not police what distance individuals keep between each other, or sanitise the hands of the people.
Complying with the laid-out health protocols against Covid-19 is the responsibility of each individual.
No amount of institutional caution and logistical preparedness would quell the spread of this virus if individuals simply look away and act as if this was 2017.
In 1910 Theodore Roosevelt, in his speech 'Citizenship in a Republic', outlined a person's duty as a citizen through the exercise of free will.
Health minister Kalumbi Shangula reminded us again on Wednesday that Covid-19 doesn't move on its own.
Its mode of transport is individuals whose behaviour enables the virus to jump to its next target. Individual accountability is the essence of good corporate citizenship.