Former President Hifikepunye Pohamba seemingly did every thing by the book to evict, and dump within the route of nowhere, 78-three hundred and sixty five days-outmoded Amanda Keirises, her venerable 88-three hundred and sixty five days-outmoded husband, Alfred, and their kinfolk.
Nevertheless the aged statesman failed abysmally on the level of humanity and management, exhibiting correct how unmoved contributors of the ruling elite comprise change into relating to the uncover 22 situation of the of us they promised milk and honey when Namibia turned honest.
Pohamba can even had been forgiven had he been a non-public citizen who sold his farm and not using a remark assistance.
Nevertheless the frail head of remark was once minister of lands, main reforms, and amongst these who criticised white landowners who treated farmworkers and their families as dispensable when their labour was once now now no longer well-known.
If truth be told, while minister of lands, Pohamba was once an integral portion of a activity that can comprise stumbled on a contrivance to accommodate undesirable farmworkers when land ownership changed hands.
He was once a Cabinet member when the authorities expropriated or opinion to be the expropriation of white-owned farms where staff had been evicted and dumped by the roadside with their families and cattle.
Pohamba’s failure as lands minister and then president to fetch land tenure for potentially the most prone farmworking communities feeds a perception that the ruling elite, as well to their cronies, set apart in set apart land-reform programmes for self-enrichment.
They are unconcerned relating to the welfare of the awful, who endure from colonial and other historical dispossession, and now endured marginalisation in an honest Namibia.
Amanda Keirises worked for the proprietor of farm Guinaspoh 1401 stop to Otavi. She says her employers Riennie and Ben Grobler had promised her security of tenure on the farm, however Grobler died sooner than that shall be done.
In 2002, the Groblers’ son sold the farm to the Pohambas, who reportedly did no longer must draw stop on the farmworkers, placing the Keirises clan in hazard of eviction.
The Pohambas then accommodated Keirises, her daughter Annelise (60), and grandchildren till this three hundred and sixty five days.
The Pohambas complained that Keirises breached their settlement relating to staying on the farm by erecting unauthorised buildings. The frail president was once moreover upset that his tenants dared whinge about threats of eviction to the opposition United Democratic Entrance and the Landless Of us’s High-tail, which took the arena to parliament.
The actions had been malicious and taking excellent thing about kindness, the Pohambas said.
The frail president has the correct to enact what he desires and comprise who he desires on his property.
Thus, we can totally draw stop arena with the truth that politicians cherish him, who occupied authorities positions on the promise of guaranteeing measures to address the prone, comprise themselves change into callous cherish these cruel white farmers they railed in opposition to as conventional exploiters.
Worse level-headed, Pohamba’s eviction and dumping of us and their cattle within the desolate tract contributes to the cynicism the final public has in the direction of the ruling elite.
Became once it deliberate that Pohamba as lands minister and president did nothing to institute policies that will terminate evictions and the dumping of farmworkers on myth of he himself (and fellow politicians) had been culprits? Were they castigating “cruel white farmers” simply to web votes, however did no longer care relating to the uncover 22 situation of potentially the most prone amongst Namibia’s working class?
The examples are many. Earlier this three hundred and sixty five days it was once reported that top minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila made a N$8,9 million profit by taking a learn about for and speculating on land that was once occupied by a San team in northern Namibia.
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It truly is difficult now no longer to think that greed and indifference comprise gotten the upper of too many frail freedom warring parties who now amount amongst the ranks of the elite.
Pohamba owns abundant portions of land across the nation. This involves 13,8 hectares sold for N$14 500 stop to the Kavango River. The frail president is aware of Namibians are desperate for a bunch apart to call home.
Nine years ago, Pohamba said something needed to be done relating to the land arena.
“In every other case, if we don’t enact that, we can face a revolution. And if the revolution comes, the land would perhaps be taken over by the revolutionaries,” he said.
Somebody must level-headed remind Pohamba that nothing has changed.
Whoever said the extra issues alternate, the extra they discontinue the identical, was once onto something profound.
For Namibia, or now no longer it is totally been 30 years since independence, and the liberators comprise already forgotten what they said they had been combating for.