EDITORIAL: We understand the anguish of Lubowski’s children

14 September 2021 | Opinion

We can understand the feelings of neglect Anton Lubowski’s children endure. While we believe that all Namibians are equal – whether they were birthed by heroes or villains of the liberation – there is no doubt that children of other perceived heroes of our country have benefitted more.

They have accrued tenders, skipped land allocation queues and are into fishing and mining. Whether their fathers were perfumed revolutionaries or actual war heroes who know what it feels like to pull a trigger, the promise of independence was that Namibia would treat all her children equally.

Some would argue that Lubowski’s children are displaying a syndrome of entitlement. Broadly-speaking, this is not a far-fetched observation. They are on record stating that they are ready for ambassadorial positions and stuff.

But the truth is that they have observed how children of their father’s liberation peers have been granted carte blanche to accumulate wealth without lifting a finger. All they needed was to state their parents’ names, pull on a Swapo scarf and swing a fist in the air.

Lubowski’s children may be seen as lesser devils because they have academic qualifications that they claim put them in meritorious pole positions to obtain cushy jobs – instead of being wheelbarrowed therein.

Be that is may, it is our deep-seated conviction that meritocracy – and not whose womb one crawled from – should be the only yardstick to attain such opportunities.

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