By Dishonourable Ember
This columnist is quite convinced that any no-Namibian can get a good and comprehensive overview of the Namibian political situation by just reading the headlines our national dailies and weeklies carried on the SWAPO Party CC.
The Tourism Board merely
needs to buy a sufficient quantities
of that issue and have them
displayed in the regional and international
offices... no other
advertising is really necessary.
Yes, you are right: The very
same could also be displayed
at our embassies and high commissions
around the world.
They say it all - from the
fairly conservative to the objective
and all the way to the outrageous.
They were all there -
anchored by a daily on each
side with the other somewhere
in the middle..
As I am on a fairly regular
basis subjected to the morning
and afternoon rush hour in our
capital city, I have realized that
while we are all screaming for
better and wider roads; quicker
traffic lights and better traffic
control, the problem is basically
out of our hands.
When Windhoek was conceived
and built it was built for
somewhere around 80 - 100 000 residents. Nobody, but nobody
at all ever thought that our
city would ever start splitting at
the seams and harbour more
than 340 000+ residents. All
jostling for a precious piece of
the road while squeezing into
the city centre.
Now look at the design and
lay-out of the city streets - There
is no way that the street past the
Old Brewery and the Army HQ
could be widened ... without
pulling down one of the two
buildings. Similarly, the piece
of Independence Avenue between
the City of Windhoek
and the Kudu cannot be widened,
especially not the piece
So, without a shadow of
doubt, we can lay the blame
fully on the previous dispensation,
the colonial regime or
whatever you want to call them
... And NOBODY CAN
It's been nearly three months
now that we are all back from
holiday. Headlines and we
screamed that the road toll was
intolerable. We petitioned whoever
we could petition to: DO
something about the hectoliters
of innocent blood on our roads.
Everybody made a big noise
about going all out and improving
things for this year. 'Never
again,' they all said , would we
allow' this slaughter on our
Then came the end of the
holidays and the final figures.
We tut-totted some more and
started settling into our jobs and
the accident and death rate on
our roads slowly slid into the
background of our conscience.
Well, the silence thunders on.
Nothing! Nada! Sweet blowall.
Nobody has said anything
about plans on how to do it differently.
Are we going to wait until
crunch time once again? I suppose
we can have a bit of a foretaste
for the Easter holidays.
Maybe then somebody will
wake up and we will have some
feasible and practical solution
before the end of the year - in
time to implement before the
next round of holiday fatalities
is upon us.
That's it again for this week.
Here is another hearty invitation
of our friends and foes and
political compatriots and others
to keep on treading the welltrodden
path of "what if." I
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