THE new year has begun. And this year should be a different year. One of my resolutions for this year is to be more proactive and aggressive in the way I pursue my goals, dreams and visions.

One of my goals this year is to do something meaningful in fighting my own material poverty as well as the poverty of my country. It will need proactivity. And proactivity and aggressiveness may mean stepping on the toes of some people.

It will be a revolution. And revolutions are never a bed of roses. A revolution is always a struggle between the revolutionaries and the reactionaries. Reactionaries will always stand up. The people who benefit from a broken situation will never take kindly to anyone who tries to fix the situation.

As a revolutionary I know that it won’t be easy. But I know also that success in anything does not come easy. As long as I know that what I am fighting for is worthwhile and right then I don’t care how tough it may be – for I know that success is certain.

There is just no reason as to why we should be poor in a country like Namibia. Namibia is a big country with vast amounts of natural resources, but with a small population. The population of the whole of Namibia (2.6 million people) is so small that it is equal to the population of Lusaka (the capital city of Zambia).

As we turn 30 years of Namibia’s Independence from Apartheid-Colonial-Minority-White-Domination, we must justify what we have done to move ourselves and our country forward in progressive development during the last 30 years.

Of course we do have peace and stability. But peace and stability will mean nothing if there is no peace and stability in our lives. I for one have no peace and stability in my life. There is no way that I can have peace and stability within me while I am surrounded by poverty. There is no way that I can have any peace and stability while my country is deliberately missing the opportunity to get ahead.

As President Hage Geingob takes up the task for his second term in office he must be well aware that with 30 years of self-determination Namibia has come of age, so that the time to count our blessings  and praise our leaders while we languish in poverty are gone.