To better days ahead!

30 December 2019 | Columns

Namibia goes into 2020 leaving a truly forgettable year behind it.

It was a landmark year for many families in a truly bad sense, given that the economic woes and accompanying job losses continued to take food off tables countywide. As a nation, we also have had to come face to face with naked greed and corruption, which put the interests of the few above those of the many. We obviously cannot paint all politicians with the same brush, but 2019 taught us there are those among us who would sell our crown jewels so they, their families and side-chicks can feast, while the rest of us starve. In 2020 there should be a renewed call to civil society activism. As Namibians we should be at the forefront of demanding action and change from the powers that be. We have also just emerged from a general election in which those in power learnt a crucial lesson that citizens will no longer tolerate the status quo of the proximity to political power determining which hands are empty or full. We should gird our loins in the year ahead and press forward on critical issues still facing the country. It cannot be correct that restorative justice, access to housing and the dignity of a job is still out of reach for the majority of our people. What is needed is the kind of positive citizen activism that drives this nation forward in meaningful ways. It has become obvious that the rhetoric and emotion-filled harkening back to the past will not fill our bellies and those of our families. Power must be further held to account in the coming year. The rise of impunity must be further stopped in its tracks! We wish all of you a safe and blessed time as you see in the New Year. Business as usual ended in 2019; let the decade ahead be one of sweeping fruitfulness for ordinary citizens!
May there be better days ahead for all in 2020 and may the spirit of bravery and activism grow stronger in the face of all the challenges that may come our way as a country!

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