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      A City of Misplaced Priorities

      by Editorial Team

      STRANGE but true: Windhoek city councillors have decided to set up a football club.

      “When we are old, then we can remember that we established that team in 2022,” beamed the mover of the Windhoek FC project Job Amupanda. “I am very excited to see Windhoek FC become AC Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona and all other clubs that are owned by the city.”

      The current city council is controlled by a coalition that toppled Swapo on the back of a poorly run municipality riddled with corruption.

      If anything, service delivery has become worse –– from rubbish collection to littering to the efficiency of the bus service.

      Less than two years into their five-year term, do councillors believe they have such a good handle on the basic and every day life challenges residents of Windhoek face, and that they can turn considerable attention and resources to the allure of glamour and glory associated with football?

      Amupanda's claim to political fame was a demand for housing, especially for the youth.

      We sympathise that providing houses for all in need is an onerous assignment. Perhaps it's even impossible under current conditions to accomplish adequate housing within five years.

      However, has it even been given any attention such as drawing up a substantive blueprint?

      There are more pressing issues that need to be dealt with than setting up a football club.

      As recently as 20 years ago, Windhoek was dubbed the cleanest city in Africa. Even the poorer parts of Katutura were considered clean.

      The outbreak of hepatitis E must have been the most embarrassing confirmation that the Namibian capital is now a dirty place. The disease killed more than 60 people countrywide with more than 8 000 made sick.

      By the time hepatitis ravaged the city, rubbish had become an eyesore in just about every area, including the central business district and some affluent residential areas.

      Rubbish removal has become sporadic in some parts of the city.

      Traffic lights 'flashing on red' has become a common occurrence.

      Potholes, especially on tarred roads, are no longer a phenomenon during the rainy season. Many potholes are now caused by an aged water supply and drainage system. The ever-expanding informal settlements are difficult to navigate.

      Pie in the sky projects like a Windhoek FC to match Barcelona are an insult to shack-based voters who cannot get emergency services like a fire brigade and ambulances that residents took for granted not so long ago.

      Amupanda and fellow municipal leaders, its your choice to waste your breath; but if you can't deliver on basics, don't waste ratepayer money and time chasing glamour and glory through a football club owned by the City of Windhoek.

      Fake, Chinese Goods a Symptom

      NAMIBIA'S tax collection service probably now rues showing off fake products estimated at N$5 million being destroyed.

      It was a public relations disaster for its boss, Sam Shivute, because they underestimated the suffering of mainly unemployed and low income Namibians.

      It seems Namra has not learned from the humble pie Namfisa had to eat because of a lack of educational campaigns to help people understand their decisions.

      Those most affected by regulations are often the last to be consulted when crucial decisions are implemented. The consequence is often a backlash that might seem excessive.

      The powder keg of pent-up emotions emanating from widespread poverty and the rising cost of living will not be addressed by heavy reliance on the law to quell protests. Politicians and bureaucrats will soon realise they are merely adding fuel to fire.

      The latest protests are symptoms of long-simmering issues. A long-term approach is needed to calm people who might feel they have nothing to lose but set on fire the few services and infrastructure on which they desperately rely.

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