young Namibian. You are bold, you are resilient. You are smart, you savvy and groundbreaking
spirited. You are not like the veteran generations that have come before you.
You are much success driven. You have a definiteness
of purpose. You call your struggle, “your hustle”, and you have many hustles
because you are tireless and ambitious to attain economic independence. No
matter how mysterious it appears. You are hopeful but you are also nervous. You
have seen how the generation before us toil long for physical independence and
hard for economic security is in vain. A decade
of hard labour without economic fruits. Some
of you reading this may have migrated legally or illegally in search of green pastures. Some of you have lost young
lives voyage in the Mediterranean Sea in search for a better future overseas.
You have also awakened to the victims of the slave
trade in Libya in a year past. A combination of these issues has left you
disconnected and cynical. You have lost faith in politics. You said there is no
need for getting involved. You have rarely experienced good governance. You ask,
what is the point? Despite the gloomy, there is indeed a point.
generation before you may have failed you, from infrastructure glaringly absent
in classroom, persistent darkness in place of vast energy sources, a stifling
business environment to a misappropriation of public funds that discourage
enterprise and innovation. Unbearable bureaucracy, the inaccessible public official who remain unaccountable to our needs.
An obsolete education system that needs urgent reform. But, if there is anyone
with the power it is you and me. The
power to revive our economy and reshape our economic and political projection.
It is in you and I. There is so much formidable power in you. In your intellect
and creativity. Your talent and cleverness are
rare, and your tenacity and fortitude against all odds can initiative great
change. But most importantly, the greatest force is in our number. It is
estimated that there is 610,437 youth in
Namibia age 15-30 years, has the potentials to be the most persuasive alliance
in Namibia. The indispensable influence you can collectively exert, cannot be
ignored. I hope you soon realized and hopefully deploy.
Now, allow me to
confer the inevitable reality of politics with you. To articulate this succinctly, let me
highlight that as people we cannot afford to remain passive about politics. You
well know that the main root cause of our country underlying failure to pull
the majority of our peoples from the unyielding grips of poverty is poor
leadership so then why do we continue to tell ourselves that politics exists
for others, and not us? And why those of
us continue to hold on to it long as it can exist only in their realm and not on their own. Why do we refuse to engage in the
political process of identifying and supporting visionary candidates, instead
we remain at the mercy of political leadership committed to putting private
interest ahead of public interest. Leaders who are indebted to the ideology
that political parties come before citizens. Leaders who are private
what we desperately need is a country-wide awakening. We must grow to become
active citizens who are devoted to getting involved. This system is not
self-correcting, there are no market forces at play to ensure that it corrects
itself. It will need human actors, me and you to identify and dismantle the
essential impediments that fuel the status quo of bad leadership. Our democracy
has become much disengaged from being democratic, we must bring power back to
the people. We must reform the rules of our electoral processes to insert more
transparency. We must transform politics from being an industry for a few
interests, to being about the people and addressing the public needs. We must revolute
the oligopoly nature of our politics nowadays to being one for the majority.
The walls of entry are high in politics,
and very often, our best brains and talent are discouraged from running for
office. We must pull apart these systems that keep away talented, individuals
from joining the race.
We must open the
door for generations knocking after us. We must welcome this new generation of
new ideas and we must democratize access to opportunity for all. Appeal to the
majority of women to get involved in the process because when you enable a woman
you enable a community. Let’s use our shared voices and realize that this is
our time and that no one but us can save our economy, we can achieve countless change.
We can no longer outsource politics or governance to people we do not trust. We
must understand the inseparable link between politics and the economics. To false
believe that politics does not impact the entirety of our lives damages us more
than it profits us. Our leaders must be the best amongst us, those with the
most transformative ideas and the capability to deliver. They should be the
best amidst us leading us in government, in the military, in our judiciary and
of course the corporate sector. We must instil
accountability in our processes, but also hold ourselves accountable. We must
play our own role in identifying and empowering those amongst us best placed to
make this difference. To escape from this truth is to be neglect our duty to
our pride Namibia, our heritage.
The power to
change the status quo of our country lies
in our mind. Building the nation from messy will be hard but it is doable. We
need to give support to those who have a good track record of integrity,
creativity and responsibility irrespective of tribe, belief or tongue. It pains
much every day to see that we young people cannot revolutionize that which we
are tired of. We can use the power that is within us. To fight for our rights.
We need not pull the trigger to fight. We are the global eye of peace and
stability. Us we desire good leadership,
we desire better economy and we desire meritocracy, not mediocracy. What is else
is prohibiting us. We are great in number, knowledge, what we need is the
Unity. Let the silent majority rise in the building of a new era and directing
a new order.