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New Era Newspaper Friday December 15, 2017

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12 EDITORIAL NEWS Friday, December 15 2017| | NEW ERA 208 0318 Palestine deserves peace, statehood Last week, the international community understood what United States president Donald Trump meant with his election mantra: “Making disregarded international treaties and backtracked the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. Although it was evident that under Trump’s presidency, relations between Washington and Israel would drastically change the matrix of peace and security in the Middle East, the global community did not realise that his theatrics would lead him to making the announcement he made last week. Trump delivered on one of his election promises to the American and Israeli peoples when he announced: “While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering . . . My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to Palestinians.” Trump said his administration was planning to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem: “It is time the capital of Israel,” he said, urging calm and “the voices of tolerance to prevail over the purveyors of hate”. As he bolstered the United States’ seven decades policy on the Middle East, he also erased years of hard work by various members of the international community in trying to resolve the two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinian State with Russia, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, warning that the recognition risked “dangerous and uncontrollable consequences”. It was a move that also negated the rights of Palestinians as enshrined by international law. In the process, Trump has triggered violent protests and threats of another intifada. It is worth noting that Trump’s action is being roundly condemned the world over for the international community realises the centrality of Jerusalem in resolving the Palestinian- president Mahmoud Abbas, attacked Washington’s decision maintaining that Jerusalem is the “eternal capital of the State of Palestine”. Abbas added, “The decision by President Trump will not change the reality of the city of Jerusalem and will not give any legitimacy to the Israelis on this issue.” African Union Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat in a statement said he noted “with deep concern the decision of the United States to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel”. He regretted the decision, adding solidarity of “the African Union is with the Palestinian people and supports their legitimate quest for an independent and sovereign state with East Jerusalem as its capital”. We also commend organisations such as the Arab League and the United Nations Security Council for calling meetings today and tomorrow in order to map the way forward for the world needs peace and, the Palestinian people also need their statehood. But at the end of the day, we hope that the voice of reason will prevail for world peace is not only an imperative, but is the only option. The Middle East also needs that. The United States should not be allowed to ride roughshod as they have been doing all along. Their big brother mentality is also out of place in the 21st Century. - The Herald Foreign students left stranded by health ministry The Popular Democratic Movement is deeply troubled to hear that over 50 Namibian medical students studying at the First Moscow State Medical University in Russia have been Ministry of Health and Social Services failed to honour commitments it has made to them and pay their tuition fees on time. It beggars belief that despite the welldocumented shortage of medical professionals in our country, the ministry would allow a situation to materialise where our students are left stranded in a foreign country. The fact that this all comes at a time when the minister of health has admitted that his ministry has awarded between N0 million and N0 million in unprocedural tenders, should come as no surprise. It is truly sad that the victims of poor governance ethics and corrupt practices foreign country so that they can come back and form part of the much needed Namibian health professionals. The PDM demands that the Ministry of Health and Social Services immediately rectify the situation before the 30-day temporary expulsion period lapses and students who have spent many years abroad honing their skills are forced to return home with nothing to show for all the hours and effort they have already put into their studies. Elma Dienda PDM Secretary for Education Decision on NSFAF sounds impulsive President Hage Geingob’s directive to reincorporate NSFAF back into the ministry of higher education does not sound well thought out. What has been an issue at NSFAF is failure logic that instead of dealing with leadership issues at the Fund, the president decided to rather take away the SOE status of NSFAF. How that is going to help pay outstanding fees of students or accommodate more needy students is not exactly clear. I fear there would be massive implications, legal and otherwise, to effect the envisaged changes. This is more so in light of talks that earnings of the Fund’s current employees would be streamlined to those of general public service employees. This is just one of the implications that could emerge. But our focus, in light of these changes, should this Fund. In fairness, it is probably too early to start questioning the president’s decision as we are not privy to details and the modus operandi of how this process would be carried out. But on the face of it, it sounds like an impulsive decision that could have devastating effects. Malania Hautwi Windhoek

thought leaders Jerusalem and the new colonialism Page 15 Namibia reaffirms Jerusalem as capital of both Palestine and Israel Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah Namibia notes with grave concern major change in US policy recognising Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel. Namibia wishes to and Security Council Resolutions, 181 (1947) and 242 (1967), respectively. Both these and subsequent would be the capital of the future Palestinian State and the State of Israel. The United Nations resolutions are based on the following principles: A Palestinian State and an Israeli State based on the 1967 lines; Jerusalem as the capital of both States; an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories; and the return of Palestinian refugees. The recognition by the Trump Administration of Jerusalem as capital Resolution 181 (1947), Security Council Resolution 242 (1967), and the 1993 Oslo Agreement between the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) and the State of Israel. The recognition by the US Administration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel undermines the prospects of a viable two States solution and can ignite the Palestinian and Israeli peoples since 1948 when the State of Israel was created. The decision to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and the expansion of illegal Jewish settlements on the Palestinianoccupied territories put in serious jeopardy the two-state solution. Namibia reiterates its longstanding position that Jerusalem remains the internationally recognized capital of the two states, and, that freedom of access to the holy sites should be protected and assured. Jerusalem is the most sensitive place in Palestine. The holy sites that are sacred to billions of people of different faiths around the world must remain Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah accessible to all. Namibia further reaffirms its resolute support for the legitimate struggle of the Palestinian people against Israeli occupation and the expansion of illegal Jewish support for the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to selfdetermination and independence with East Jerusalem as their capital. In view of the above, as a sovereign and a member of the UN Committee on the exercise of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, Namibia strongly condemns and denounces the decision by the Trump Administration as this is a big step backwards on the two-state solution, which is the only viable option in the pursuit of peace between Palestine, Israel and the entire region. We call on the international community to continue to support the Palestinian people through the implementation of relevant UN resolutions and all other agreements. * Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah is Namibia’s deputy prime minister and minister of international relations and cooperation Needed: a new Zimbabwean political culture Leroy Dzenga President Emmerson Mnanagagwa has a huge task ahead of him given the levels of expectation invested in his administration. The pessimist section of watchers consists of lazy political alarmists, posing as analysts plus contrarian activists whose idea is to is leading and trying to do, at a critical, transition phase. On the other hand, ordinary Zimbabweans are hopeful that the new dispensation can cure some of the headaches which had become a default of being a citizen of the country. Cash shortages, high prices and poor healthcare feature on this list. While close monitoring of for democracy, people should balance between their expectations and playing a role in returning this country single-handedly change the prospects of a nation if the people are passive to the improvement of their motherland. While Zimbabweans are regarded as hard workers, there is a need for introspection and a cultural change at multiple levels of society, including business. There are things that cannot continue to exist in Zimbabwe if the efforts by President Mnangagwa and his Cabinet are to be meaningful. People in business had turned into predators, capitalising on events to businesses exist to make the most the aggression most businesses in Zimbabwe were showing is counterproductive. Unjustifiable price hikes and poor service delivery have to be eradicated before the changes kick in, lest people are left at the claws of fulgurous businesses which may to see. Retailers have been subtly nudging up prices on a weekly basis and that has to stop as it causes speculation and panic among buyers. There is need for retailers and businesses to be more careful in their operations as they are dealing with a fragile populace whose current standings are informed by polarised notions, these are coming in the form of prophecies of doom and songs of hope. Economic players need to practise market honesty, so as to give a through pricing and quality of services given. The work ethic among Zimbabweans has to improve as well. Those who frequent public service employees there are religious to two times, lunch and knock off time. With that level of approach to work, Zimbabwe cannot quickly recover economically. People are supposed to be able to put in extra hours and go beyond their usual output, so as to sync with the hard work they expect the new Cabinet to exhibit. Favourable policies will go in vain if the people they are crafted for are not self-motivated. A functional economy like Japan operates on an is an extension of their traditional Leroy Dzenga loyalty to the emperor. This is where a person puts their work before all else and that is one of the reasons they boast of a ,8 trillion economy. If Zimbabwean employees follow such concepts, there could be a quick turnaround of fortunes. With the recent Cabinet which pronounced that civil servants over the age of 65 will be rested, there is by youthful individuals ready to make a visible mark. Dishonest intellectualism should also be relegated to spaces beyond reach. These are educated technocrats miss the mark on policy decisions so they can write academic papers and long Internet posts criticising these ideas. A paradigm shift is needed in Zimbabwean academia, as people with knowledge should approach the advising the leadership on how certain sectors should improve. If it is not at a consultancy level, then it has to be out of dedication to the development of the country. When dialogue is fostered between those with knowledge and enforcers, robust policies are crafted, informed global practices. Mere commentaries will not in any way help the country as they may make for good readings, but an idea proffered in analysis does not measure to an idea given within useful time. The smooth running of Zimbabwe in isolation, people have to play an active role beyond commenting in WhatsApp groups. Parliamentarians exist to transport ideas from the people for debate and suggestions. A grievance is more likely to be addressed if it is brought to the leadership`s attentions through proper channels than when it is compressed into a Facebook post. Not saying that social media use is not important, but there are representatives who exist to be a conduit between the people and lawmakers and over the years they have been underutilised. Creative ideas hidden within the people remain far from useful if they are not translated to wider platforms. Among the last words former President Robert Mugabe said to the country was “Iwe neni tine basa” which translates to “a huge task awaits us.” That phrase was an imploration for Zimbabweans to be actively involved in efforts to better their country and not leave their future to chance. A recovering country needs an active, honest and invested citizenry, virtues Zimbabweans need to show urgently. Better if they inject the same enthusiasm they exhibit when they write lengthy internet posts dissecting almost every executive decision made in the new dispensation. – The Herald

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