Sense of the Excellency Insignificancy
By The Author [When My Mind is Liberated]
It was such a national disgrace to learn that the bodyguard of a certain Founding Father of a certain rich African nation committed suicide in a “shack”.
Of all places, why a shack?
Anyway, they say no better place to die than at home with family. Apparently the death is then smooth and less painful, just not sure for the victim or the families.
But again, who am I to add my voice to the many citizens who were more shocked by the “shack” part than the suicide? I’m just an insignificant number in a complicated mathematical equation. How you die is less relevant than where you die; it has come to be. Is this the new normal in Namibia?
September is the month of suicide and even though the bodyguard miscalculated his actions, it remains a painful reality many Namibians are facing. The how, the where and the why are so unrelated that many people are not able to connect the dots. How does a country with so much wealth allow its citizens to live and die in abject poverty, and why has it become an accepted injustice within the Namibian people?
Similarly, how does the bodyguard of your excellency Father of the Nation work at the most luxurious environment and then return to a least desired “shack” everyday and still be sober minded to accept the situation of his insignificancy?
It is mind “draining” to understand how a government can’t see that the situation is not ideal for a healthy working relationship between the overprotected and secured individual and a neglected and under-appreciated bodyguard.
Does the state not realise that a hungry and exhausted bodyguard will not effectively guard the body of the “toppest” person with so many titles and accolades?
Perhaps this is the blue-print used to manage the resources of the country: “Keep them hungry”. By keeping the bodyguards under their value, they might just appreciate the little crumps falling from the table of the Namibia’s Excellency Founding Father (NEFF), not related to the political miscarriage.
This is a true reflection of the socio-economic reality that majority of Namibians are facing; their lives are “shacked” in poverty and perpetuated as normal.
At times I wish the government could invest this well-defined “shack them” plan into some economically viable scheme or just list poverty on the Namibian Stock Exchange. Perhaps it would perform very well and be dually listed on the Johannesburg, London, NYC Stock Exchanges and raise the needed foreign currency.
Better still, we can setup a BEE company under the HarambEE Plan and call this company A luta Pty Ltd” which then develops a successful pyramid scheme and call it “Vitoria” with a health product called “E certa” which is a well-thought out plan for impoverished lifestyles.
In the meantime, our leaders are eating and enjoying a life of wealth, health and protection; a life not meant for suicidal uniformed officers and a starved nation of “Omake” and paid up memberships.
Namibians should not worry for the end is not too far for many to perish in this poverty trap designed by the hands of politicians.
# “The Author” is a talented but frustrated writer who tries to liberate his mind through his commentary on Namibia’s mind-boggling socio-economic and political realities.