John Ekongo IT would not be appropriate for me to rant rhetoric and satire for this week, while the nation is in a state of mourning in what should be our happiest moment. Last week has robbed us of two valuable and imminent persons in our society, and whether or not they made an impact in our lives is beside the point. With the pending long weekend and Independence Day, we are all sure that such a day can only mean one thing- reflections on our hard won independence brought about by our leaders and the flames which were lit by our forefathers. During the course of last week, I had the opportunity to have a session with a group of high school kids, who widely awakened my misdirected perception about this generation of teenagers. This vibrant breed of "Born Frees", or alternately they were too young to have comprehended what was going on, and not having gone through the suffering of a non-independent Namibia, they still had the resolve and patriotisms to say that we appreciate what our leaders have done for this country. My understanding of these kids is that they are hardly interested in the politics of the land, or the socio upbringing of the country. Their participation was always mulled with more interesting things other than petty issues, which concern the governance of the country. What I realise is that it transcends to all of us - this lack of fiery patriotism is on our shoulders. Our non-appreciative stance on the abilities of the country, our vindictive approach in castigating the country when it does wrong and our muted silence when it does well. This we all do in silence and subconsciously, for reasons best known to individuals. But what is called for is unity in our country, to stand side by side, together as one independent nation. We need to do that especially considering the looming weekend of Easter. In that same vein, it not only calls for us to appreciate, but it calls for us to value, respect and celebrate our achievement as a unified nation, all aiming towards one thing - eternal peace. Now knowing our country well, and especially with the long weekend looming, it surely means that we will go into a frenzied mood and over-indulge in alcohol and never-ending parties. While the need to modestly enjoy ourselves is justified, what is non justifiable is the out-of-control bingeing on two important days in our lives, namely Independence and Good Friday. As a Christian nation, we are not to be reminded about our duties as a people of faith. We need to acknowledge the presence of God in our lives and be grateful that he has brought us this far. By the sound of this, someone might say that I sound like I am on a conversion crusade, but as Evilastus Kaaronda, secretary general of NUNW once said, it is sometimes past our minds what it means to be grateful for once. For this reason, we need to be joyful in the understanding that this year's independence celebration could not have come at a better time of the year that during Easter weekend. For five consecutive days, we will be resting and spending that much desired time with our families and loved ones. In the meantime we should not be forgetful what the holiday is all about. So let's go to the stadiums, all black and white celebrate the coming of age of Namibia, enjoined with the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. In doing so let us also have the benches of our local parishes full and rejoice. There are plenty reasons to be happy, and then gloat in criticism. On a sad note I extend my heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved families of the late Minister John Pandeni and MP Kalla Gertze, may your journeys for everlasting peace be sanctified one. I hope and trust that you find solace in God Almighty. Sorry Ngo.
2008-03-20 00:00:00 10 years ago