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Pohamba strikes a silent revolution

By Fillemon Wise Immanuel
Since taking office in 2005,Pohamba's presidency has been characterized by numerous calls for more decisive, swift and radical leadership based-actions.

Certainly, the nation was not at fault in demanding this, for that was the political weather it got used and the only political regime it knew post-independence, under the presidency of our Legendary Founding Father. Generally, H.E, the Founding Father, is regarded as a decisive, radical and drastic political model in his decisionmaking approaches. Admittedly, owing to the life threatening moments when Nujoma was at the helm of leadership of the SWAPO Party during the liberation struggle and ultimately when he took charge of the wheel of state presidency on the 21st March 1990, one can only reasonably conceive and convert to the fact that such leadership style was the most appropriate and relevant at the time.

Reasoning along the above, one can comfortably submit that H.E, President Pohamba's leadership is an opposite to that of his predecessor. Organically, there are variances in terms of their personalities in lieu of the obviousness that they are two individuals, each with a distinctive character and identity of his original-own, hence their different leadership styles. Over a period of seven years, President Pohamba has been perceived by his critics as being passive, indecisive, and irresoluteand too consultative.

It is this ill-informed public perception that gave some individuals in the government and/ or in SWAPO Party a self-formed courage and conviction to think that the President is not in charge of the state affairs. With time, the non-violent reactions by Pohamba gave some people a ticket to ridicule him publically and launch all sort of disrespect in his direction.

Quite frankly, the exposition of Pohamba's leadership during first years of his presidency can be clearly explained with considerations to numerous factors. Undeniably, Pohamba took over the presidency of the country at the moment when the SWAPO Party was seeing the climax of potential division, mistrust,great suspicion, blackmailing, back stepping and extortion among people that belong to one political family and who have historically shared all political smiles and jokes. Thus, SWAPO Party being the backbone of the nationhood of Namibia, its collapse would have meant the breaking down of the Namibian society. On this note in his term of presidency, Pohamba's central focus was on the consolidation of unity within the SWAPO, restoration of trust and confidence among comrades and well as the re-direction of a collective destiny. This he has done through his inclusive posture by high-level consultations of his cabinet colleagues, SWAPO membership, traditional authorities, civil societies and leaders of the opposite parties. Amidst all challenges Cde, Pohamba nevertheless trusted his colleagues notwithstanding those that doubted him. The principle of leadership he exhibited is rightfully in accordance with the projection of Lao Tsu, who once said "he who does not trust enough, will not be trusted". To date Cde. Pohamba is the most revered and trusted statesman domestically and internationally, following suit in the footprint of his predecessor, Cde. Sam Nujoma. Evidently as the President has successfully restored unity and national character of the SWAPO Party through his consistent calls for unity and inclusivity and his backing for the re-election of Cde, Hage Geingob as the Party Vice-President of SWAPO Party, and will have be the presidential candidate for 2014, a first of a kind not from the northern part of Namibia, Pohamba has now started effecting his signature of power and authority. Merely a day and half after the conclusion of the 5th SWAPO Party Congress, on 2nd of December, he could not spare a moment from proving to every Namibian that he is in charge of state affairs and he is the number one custodian of the national interest. President Pohamba exercised his signature of power and authority through a silent revolution that struck everyone with surprise when he reshuffled his cabinet on Tuesday.

He promoted his Vice-President at the Party level to the position of Premier, replacing the Cde, Nahas Angula who is now the new minister of Defence. Hage has been replaced by Calle Schlettweinfrom Finance as a new Minister of Trade and Industry. Cde. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, who was excelling at Environment and Tourism, is now at Foreign Affairs, Cde, Pendukeni Ivula-Ithana, who equally excelled at Justice, is now at the much complained about Home Affairs. Former Minister of Labour, Immanuel Ngatjizeko has been replaced by Doreen Sioka, whereas he became the Minsiter of Safety and Security, Rosalia Nghidinwa is charged withGender Equality Ministry.

Major General Charles Ndaxuwa-ovanhu Namholo is the new Minister of Regional and Local Government, replacing my league's nominated candidate for the SWAPO Vice-Presidency during the recent ended party congress, Cde, Jerry Ekandjo, who has now become the Minister of Youth, National Services, Sport and Culture, substituting the outspoken and open minded Kazenambo Kazenambo, who is no longer in cabinet. For some times now there has been a bad blood between the Secretary of the SPYL and then the Minister of Youth, KK, following the allegations of the non-performance on the part of the minister by the league. The now minister, Cde. Jerry Ekandjo and his team during the campaign for Vice- Presidency, across the country criticized the Ministry of Youth for the fate of unemployed youth and the mushrooming of the youth's involvement of ill deed. Convincingly, the redeployment of the Cde, Ekandjo (who once described himself as friend of the youth) to the Youth Ministry is putting the then League's preferred candidate for the Party-Vice Presidency, a gateway to state power to a test before the public. Notwithstanding the potential good working between Cde, Ekandjo and SPYL, the same may not be guessed with ease with regard to the NYC.

Another, Minister that got gamed into SPYL's election campaign dogma is, Cde, Uutoni Nujoma who is moved from Foreign Affairs to Justice. Although, this redeployment is in line with Uutoni's area of specialization, his new ministry is charged with daunting tasks, including overseeing the drafting of legislations and insurance of justice. Also a number of Deputy Ministers and three Regional Governors were touched, with the promotion Cde. UahekuaHerunguato the post of Minister of Environment and Tourism and Cde, Juliet Kavetuna as Deputy Minister of Youth and Petrus Iilonga being significant. Cde.Mbumba is heading to the SWAPO Headquarters on full time basis. One of the ministries not touched but public had an outcry on is Health.

The legendary Pohamba has proven himself as a leader who bases his success not on ego and force of character but on calculated thoughts and actions. He is neither bully nor unkind and he oftenpersuades people through rational and logical advocacy as a foundation of his statesmanhood. He has warned against cosmetic revolution, that which manifested from coffee/tea tables. No doubt his leadership style will place Namibia on the map of responsible global leadership.

Fillemon Wise Immanuel is a SWAPO Party activist who regularly writes on current political issues.

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