Leader of leaders – Dr Sam Nujoma
ALL roads should lead to Okatana in the Oshana Region next month when the Swapo Party Youth League will celebrate the lifetime achievements and the 84th birthday of the Father of the Nation and Founding President, Dr Sam Nujoma.
The 12th May Movement is an initiative of Swapo vice-president and candidate for the next presidential elections, Dr Hage Geingob, and was launched last year to coincide with Dr Nujoma’s birthday. The usual doubting Thomasses will again have their questions and criticism. To find out what benefit the 12th May Movement could have for the country it is important to take a walk down memory lane since independence on 21 March 1990.There is a general consensus, by friend and foe alike, that Nujoma symbolises values and standards, which, if emulated, can strengthen the foundation of the nation for years to come.
In this regard, the movement is a unique window of opportunity for the youth especially and the nation in general to take stock and adapt to tried and tested values that make the difference between being just good and being exceptional.
Unity is one of the foundations the 12th May movement should revisit. If anything, the father of unity, Dr Nujoma, and Namibians will do well to remember the mistrust that prevailed in the initial phase just after independence. The expectations of Swapo supporters just after independence were at its pinnacle, and that was to be expected from the majority who rightly felt oppressed and neglected for nearly a century under successive colonial and imperial powers.
The previously advantaged, on the other hand, expected the worst and even revenge from the new government, because of these understandable expectations. The product of this mix was mutual suspicion that had to be addressed by the leadership under the guidance of Dr Nujoma
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