Let’s be consistent on flag use

20 January 2020 | Opinion

The police have been directed by cabinet to see to it that the national flag is used for what is outlined in law.

Cabinet secretary George Simataa’s letter to police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga, dated 14 January, seems to originate from the fact that certain Namibians have started wearing shirts bearing national colours while attending political activities.

In principle, the directive is correct. But in reality, the flag has been used for all kinds of unholy purposes for years without anyone acting.

It thus sounds hypocritical that when it has become too hot in the political kitchen, we suddenly want to act on the ‘abuse’ of the flag.

Everyone can tell where this sudden discomfort is coming from. But perhaps we also need to start interpreting the specific Act that pertains to the use of the national flag in a manner that is impartial and fair to all citizens.

So far selectivity has engulfed the manner in which we supposedly want the flag to be used, conveniently ignoring our own unholy abuse of that flag.

True, we have seen extraordinary scenes in the build-up to last year’s tightly contested elections armies of citizens attending political rallies in full gear of the national colours.

This was particularly a common sight at Panduleni Itula’s rallies. At Swapo rallies, similar scenarios were noticed too. Sometimes government vehicles carrying senior government figures arrived at party rallies with flags erected on their bonnets. This has gone on for decades.

How does this then become only an issue in 2019 and 2020 when the nation is at the crossroads of political uncertainty? What is good for the goose, as the say goes, must be good for the gander too.

We must park the hypocrisy and treat all citizens equally. We are of the view that indeed the flag must not be sabotaged for parochial political purposes – but this must apply to all and sundry.

Similar News

 

More people at Fishcor must answer

3 days ago - 21 February 2020 | Opinion

While a lot of light has been shone on the so-called Fishrot Six since the fishing quota bribery scandal unfolded late last year, the same...

Today's youth matter

4 days ago - 20 February 2020 | Opinion

Many of our leading politicians were radical youth at some stage. It was because of their radicalism and unwavering spirit that we are an independent...

The baby and the bathwater

5 days ago - 19 February 2020 | Opinion

The idiomatic expression “don't throw the baby out with the bathwater” comes to mind when debates start stirring on social media regulation.This idiom describes an...

Don't insult anyone, young or old

6 days ago - 18 February 2020 | Opinion

Police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga was at the centre of a storm all weekend for remarks he made that he would arrest young people hurling insults...

Understanding the millennials

6 days ago - 18 February 2020 | Opinion

Conny Shituleni The issue is that society tends to judge today’s youth on how they dress. The world has changed and I don’t think dress...

Vox

6 days ago - 18 February 2020 | Opinion

Junias Haimbodi Older generations fail to understand that the education curriculum has improved so thus education is way harder now compared to how it was...

Breaking the abuse cycle

1 week ago - 17 February 2020 | Opinion

Valentine's Day has come and gone, amid candlelit dinners, roses, chocolates and other tokens of love. However, the sad reality is the Namibia continues...

The circus that is mass housing

1 week ago - 14 February 2020 | Opinion

The pomp and fanfare that characterised the launch of the N$45 billion mass housing project in 2013 has faded like a shadow at sunset. ...

Bribery: A serious and deplorable crime

1 week ago - 14 February 2020 | Opinion

Dr Ngarikutuke TjiriangeLet me make it clear from the outset that when I am referring to foreigners in this article, it is not because I...

The nature of corruption in the land sector

1 week ago - 14 February 2020 | Opinion

Theodor Muduva It is difficult to obtain an accurate picture of the extent of corruption in any sector because of its hidden nature. However,...

Latest News

Driving the world through knowledge...

3 days ago - 21 February 2020 | People

Ester Kamati Through dedication to his studies, Albin Jacobs matriculated and went on to secure a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Namibia....

Growth is back, says Calle

3 days ago - 21 February 2020 | Economics

Augetto Graig Despite the legislative framework for public private partnerships (PPP) being in place, not a single such project is on the finance ministry books.“Why...

A rock-hard year for Namdeb

3 days ago - 21 February 2020 | Business

Jo-Maré Duddy – Namdeb Holdings’ profitability tumbled by nearly a third last year with the local mining giant reporting an underlying EBITDA of US$121 million...

Fiercely determined

3 days ago - 21 February 2020 | People

Mariselle StofbergThe most important lesson that life has taught Maria Haufiku is that it does not owe you anything. “You must constantly strive for greatness...

No reprieve for Fishrot 6

3 days ago - 21 February 2020 | Justice

The so-called Fishrot Six yesterday returned to the Windhoek Magistrate's Court, which ordered that they be remanded in custody until 23 April to allow for...

Learners in dire straits

3 days ago - 21 February 2020 | Education

At Sinzogoro Combined School in the Kavango West Region, 130 learners are taught in tents where they sit on the ground to take notes. ...

More people at Fishcor must...

3 days ago - 21 February 2020 | Opinion

While a lot of light has been shone on the so-called Fishrot Six since the fishing quota bribery scandal unfolded late last year, the same...

Making it happen

3 days ago - 21 February 2020 | People

· Mariselle StofbergWindsor Markus believes that you have the power within you to take charge of your life and...

Covid-19: SA at ‘high risk’...

3 days ago - 21 February 2020 | Economics

South Africa, Egypt and Algeria are at high risk of suffering from the deadly coronavirus, a study released Wednesday suggested.The Lancet medical journal reported that...

Load More