The year of accountability

28 December 2018 | Columns

The year 2018 will be remembered by many as an inglorious one.

Many households suffered immensely under the yoke of economic hardship and thousands of breadwinners lost their jobs. The suffering and pain was tangible, as many Namibians turned their frustration towards the political elite, while latching onto President Hage Geingob's travelling adventures and the perks still being enjoyed by higher-ups in government, as scapegoats.

For many, seeing the back of 2018 will not result in much gleeful reminiscing about how wonderful the year was.

Namibia remains, chiefly, a supplier of raw materials to developed countries, with very little or no value-addition.

We remain a country that needs loans to finance massive infrastructure projects and the contentious issue of Chinese financing has divided many citizens.

But as we see the back of 2018, we must begin to draw on our resilience as a nation - one that has overcome many pains and obstacles in the past. Our history is laden with the sacrifices of many Namibians, who pulled this country from the edge of the abyss and set it on a democratic path.

That is the beauty of Namibia's citizenry - they are willing and able to embrace unity and strength for the sake of surviving and thriving.

With 2019 being an election year, we must all be mindful of the promises - from various quarters - that will descend upon our ears.

More than ever, politicians need to be held accountable for the things they spew during election campaigns. We have faced one of the toughest years in our country's history and our economy is still faltering, while families struggle to put food on their tables.

Let 2019 be the year of accountability, when civil society and other citizen-based pressure groups demand the best leadership and strategies to take this nation forward.

We can ill-afford to stumble around, rudderless and without viable strategies for real growth and job-creation in the new year.

Similar News

 

Scare yourself for success

1 week ago - 19 November 2021 | Columns

Brandt Von WestGenerally speaking, we have two options available to us when it comes to self-motivation. We can go positive or negative in our self-motivation....

Digital records are a must

3 weeks ago - 05 November 2021 | Columns

Delano January Recently, some articles in the newspapers made my mouth drop open in amazement. It is said that the organisation tasked with handing out...

Learning to negotiate

1 month - 22 October 2021 | Columns

Brandt von West I’m going to quickly boil something as complex as negotiations down into its most simplistic form. There are typically two reasons why...

Culture Lead: Understanding organisational culture

2 months ago - 10 September 2021 | Columns

Lorelle ViljoenOrganisational culture is the underlying beliefs, assumptions, values, and ways of interacting that contribute to an organisation’s unique social and psychological environment. Basically, organisational...

Record management practices

2 months ago - 03 September 2021 | Columns

Sarah NegumboImplementation of the retention and disposal guidelines to create space in registriesGood record-keeping is attributed to the establishment of a tool called filing system/plan....

The Olympic achievements of our star athletes have made...

3 months ago - 13 August 2021 | Columns

Emilia NzuziWhere were you when our girls walked out onto the track in Tokyo for the 200 metres final? Glued to your radio, laptop, TV...

Is the pandemic increasing the usage of digital money?

3 months ago - 06 August 2021 | Columns

Kehad SnydelwelThe pandemic has overwhelmed the globe and Namibia has not been spared. The acceleration of certain developments and the innovations have also occurred because...

Bridging the healthcare divide saves lives

4 months ago - 23 July 2021 | Columns

Celia Sofia StephanusIn December 2019, Covid-19 became something for the world to worry about. It was no longer something that was just happening in Asia....

The importance of getting good advice

4 months ago - 09 July 2021 | Columns

Good financial advice from a qualified professional can significantly improve your peace of mind and chances of success as you battle with economic challenges this...

Career success positioning is vital

4 months ago - 02 July 2021 | Columns

Agnes YeboahThe Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the fourth industrial revolution. These days, because career paths are rapidly evolving, securing and maintaining a job requires more...

Latest News

'Kapana' records more international wins...

13 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

‘Kapana’, one of the Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO)’s films, recently won Best Feature Film at the African Diaspora Cinema Festival in Florence (Italy) and Best...

Working hard to make things...

1 day - 26 November 2021 | Business

Johann van Rooyen Having been in the information and communications technology (ICT) business for longer than I remember, I’ve seen it all. Laptops filled with...

Telecom, CRAN reaches agreement...

1 day - 26 November 2021 | Economics

STAFF REPORTERThe Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) and Telecom Namibia Limited reached a settlement agreement, closing a longstanding dispute on the legality of regulatory...

Investment trends in a decarbonised...

1 day - 26 November 2021 | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUEnvironmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues are material in determining the long run fundamentals of a business and bring about a different approach...

‘Unreliable’ Gustavo lied under oath...

1 day - 26 November 2021 | Justice

Staff Reporter WINDHOEKArguments in the bail application of Fishrot accused Ricardo Gustavo were finalised yesterday, with the State arguing that the Namgomar...

80% of Namibians unvaccinated as...

1 day - 26 November 2021 | Health

Henriette Lamprecht WINDHOEKNamibia is always concerned about the presence of viruses, in whatever form...

Good communicators often undervalued

1 day - 26 November 2021 | Business

Iréne-Mari van der WaltAfter starting his law degree before pursuing a career in broadcasting, Gernot De Klerk would eventually end up at Nedbank Namibia. He...

Grabbing life by the beans...

1 day - 26 November 2021 | Business

Desiree Gases Kalahari Coffee Cooperative was started in 2017 in Windhoek by Brian Wheeler. “We have a hand in every aspect of our coffee...

An excellent aid at GIPF

1 day - 26 November 2021 | Events

Wetumwene Shikage PULL QUOTE: “I know our departmental core objectives thoroughly and assist everyone else within our department to achieve their goals.”As an...

Load More