By Dishonourable Ember
Let's start off this week with the less important but still interesting. If you open nearly any Namibian daily you will find adverts by our local and foreign 'witch doctors' - call them traditional healers, traditional doctors, spiritual healers, lost love specialists, herbalists or whatever.
They all sell the same
things - promises!
Yes, of course, there are real
traditional healers who are
trained by the predecessor for
may years before they are allowed
to take over. But these
are few and far between and -
most certainly - not found on the
advertising pages of our newspapers.
Like we were taught, I
respect them and am wholly
convinced that their knowledge
of herbs and plants is probably
unrivalled and unparalleled.
But they are not the ones I am
writing about today. I am writing
about the shams, the fakes,
the ones who are out to make an
easy buck or a hundred out of
our gullibility and our belief that
someone somewhere can do
things which are thought to be
My question is: Do you REALLY and truly believe that anybody
can use mysterious substances
or accessories like
'chambo powder' or a 'chitaka
wallet' or a 'Kalondolondodetector'
'chisoni' oil or any other muti
and bring back a 'lost lover' get
a divorce or make a divorce not
happen, make educational reports
better or - best seller of all
- solve ' bedroom problems'?
In these days and times you
would be better off if you took
that money and gave it someone
who is needy and not someone
who is just greed - a much
And now to something more
important: " Workers Day" - If
you look at a typical Workers
Day in Namibia today you will
stand surprised to see how much
it, the attitude towards it and
events on that day have changed
since the early 1980s.
The contrast is as stark as the
difference between Michael
Jackson as a junior and Michael
Jackson when he died!
Gone are the days when our
people were arrested for campaigning
for workers' rights; today
these rights are entrenched
in our constitution
Gone, too, is the connotation
that "May Day" was something
only 'communist' nations commemorated
- remember those
massive military/ workers displays
in Moscow in the1980?
This writer says "power to the
people" and trusts you had good
and productive Workers Day on
On the 4th of May, the nation
commemorates (please not: it
does NOT celebrate!) the 35th
anniversary of Cassinga Day -
a massacre of many hundreds of
innocent Namibians anyway
you want to see it.
""We forgive, but never forget",
Founder President and Father
of the Nation, drSam
Nujoma, said at the event 2 years
"Operation Reindeer' was
planned in three phases, with the
44th Parachute Brigade under
Colonel Ian Breytenbach carrying
out the first airborne attack.
Operation Reindeer was under
the command of apartheid General
It is disturbing that 35 years
after the event there are still
South Africans who celebrate
the day and even sell memorabilia.
Our dead patriots deserve better