No one is marginalised - Shanghala

12 July 2019 | Government

Justice minister Sacky Shanghala says there is no marginalisation in Namibia.

He argued in the National Assembly this week that government has built roads all over the country and will continue to do so, to the benefit of all Namibians, irrespective of where they come from, where they reside, their cultural heritage, language or standing.

Shanghala also chided Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) parliamentarians to “rise above the pettiness of tribal undertones and to envision the Namibia we seek”.

He responded to remarks by PDM leader McHenry Venaani, who said certain parts in the south of Namibia, where there are mines and other economic activities, still have gravel roads, whereas places in the north now have gravel or tarred roads.

“Government has built roads all over the country and will continue to do so, to the benefit of all Namibians, irrespective of where they come from, where they reside, their cultural heritage, language or standing.

“There is no marginalisation in Namibia.”



Do not make that mistake. Long may we live to heed these lessons of the wise who came before us and sacrificed so much,” said Shanghala.

In an effort to emphasise his appeal to move beyond tribalism, Shanghala quoted late Mozambique president Samora Machel, who said, “For the nation to live, the tribe must die.”





According to Shanghala the miracle of Namibia's independence has created an environment where Koevoet members can sit across from the country's president or where, in parliament, the prisoner sits across the jailer.

“The reconciliation we enjoy today is due to many of our people who have willingly decided to turn a page; for what can be gained from inquisitions into what brother did against brother or what sister did against sister?

“The fascist colonial minority regime used our people against one another. They have left us here to grapple with our future or to scramble the opportunity of shaping that future with stories about dungeons, whilst we turn the other cheek to the atrocities committed by that regime,” Shanghala added.

JEMIMA BEUKES

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