12 EDITORIAL Friday, October 13 2017 | NEW ERA UN must have bite for sake of humanity Narcissistic is not a complimentary term, but analysts believe United States president Donald Trump has such a personality trait, that he is marked by self-love and selfabsorption; unrealistic views about his own qualities, with little regard for others. No wonder he has earned himself a moniker “Commanderin-Grief”. The US leader also has a serious problem with relational connectivity. His pride is of a man who thinks he is on a divine mission to cleanse out everything that is wrong with the United States. “I will defend America’s interests above all else,” he said recently at the UN General Assembly, including building a wall along the border with Mexico, moving out of NAFTA, NATO, imposing immigration restrictions, pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, shredding the Iran nuclear deal, pulling the US Embassy out of Cuba and more. Since he entered the White House, we have learnt that Trump is the United States’ new normal, and the world might as well get used to his bravado and pride and look elsewhere for mutual friends. When the leader of the most powerful nation in the world displays repugnant personality traits — using epithets willy-nilly — then the world is in serious trouble. Trump’s maiden speech at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly was not only meant to bully other nations, but he wanted to whip them into admission to his “America First” mantra. When the US leader in full view of world leaders and watched by billions others, threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea, not only did he show a lack of understanding of international diplomacy, but it showed his disrespect of the UN General Assembly and the UN Charter on which it was founded. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe rightly likened him to the biblical Goliath, who never realised that with that humongous stature and armour, his fake fame could be brought to an end by a 17-yearold untrained soldier — David. “Some of us were embarrassed, if not frightened, by what appeared to be the return of the biblical Giant Gold Goliath,” Mugabe said. He cautioned the US bully: “And may I say to the United States president, Mr Trump, please blow your trumpet — blow your trumpet in a musical way towards the values of unity, peace, co-operation, togetherness, dialogue, which we have always stood for and which are well-writ in our very sacred document, the Charter of the United Nations.” We were, however, amazed at the contrast between Trump and his wife, for the day after the “Armageddon” speech, US First Lady Melania Trump also ladies, where she condemned bullying of children. She urged parents and leaders globally to “come together for the good of our children because through them, our future will She also said, “no child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorised, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn”. We never doubted Trump’s irrationality, especially when and non-allies alike because we thought he was bringing a new dimension to the Big Brother syndrome, but the relentless attacks on other nations — the DPRK, Iran, China, Russia — is taking things too far. You cannot help but think the US leader is spoiling for a it ceases to be when opposing sides continue to trade insults. Trump’s lack of knowledge of and failure to articulate global issues have exposed his foibles. When the DPRK responded [to his threats], they did not have kind words for Trump, reminding him that; “For more than seven decades since the foundation of the UN, no chief executives or diplomats including the preceding US presidents have openly called for the obliteration of another state at the UNGA,” said the DPRK’s top diplomat at the UN. A leader must be respected, and nine months since he came to power, not only has he gone to great lengths selling his prejudiced America First notion, but he has also become a serious danger to international peaceful co-existence. Through his reckless rhetoric on Twitter, Trump has escalated tensions with real and perceived enemies, especially the DPRK leader. The name-calling that Trump thrives on will never solve the myriad problems faced by the world, the US included. Climate change is a reality, and what is happening in his backyard does not need rocket science Africa also feels insulted that it brought up the need for UN reform years ago, but before this chapter is closed to everyone’s satisfaction, Trump was bringing his own laundry list of UN reforms, which did not take cognisance of Africa’s calls. Finally, there is the real danger of igniting a nuclear war, and the sooner the UN acts for the sake of humanity, the better. – The Herald In response to ‘Mafwe authority booted from meeting’ We wish to respond to the writer of the article that appeared in The Namibian of 11th October 2017, entitled, “Mafwe Authority Booted from Meeting”. It is noted that the Mafwe traditional leader and his subjects wrote a letter to the Honourable Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa, in which they aired their discontent as having been excluded from the meeting convened by the Honourable Governor of the Zambezi Region on the 7th of September 2017, in which boundaries of jurisdiction in the region were to be discussed. From the submissions levelled by the Mafwe Traditional Authority, it is deduced that the Mafwe Traditional Authority have a fear over the Mayeyi and the Mashi Traditional Authorities as having no areas of jurisdiction in that region; Elias Mueze led the Mafwe Traditional Authority representatives at the meeting; the Mafwe Traditional Authority wrote a letter of discontent as having been excluded from the meeting; those who remained in the meeting could have taken a decision that may jeopardise the Mafwe people; the hot issue of boundary grabbing land from the Mafwe people; the letter written to the Honourable Minister continues to implore to consider any decision taken by the meeting as being unfair and if possible for be reconvened in their presence. Observations from their claims are that they were invited time in advance to the meeting. The meeting, as we observe, is sensitive since there is a decision to be taken regarding the jurisdiction and demarcations of boundaries to be allotted to each respective traditional authority for which we feel the chief was the right person to attend this meeting. The fear of the Mafwe Traditional Authority regarding the fact that the Mayeyi and the Mashi Traditional Authorities is baseless, because in our understanding there are no jurisdictional areas for any traditional authority in that region. Reference is here made to the Declaration of 1993 by the then Honourable Minister Dr Libertine Amadhila of Regional, Local Government, Housing & Rural Development, in which it was stated and agreed by all chiefs that there will be no areas of jurisdiction for any traditional authority. According to this Declaration, each tribesman or tribeswoman would resort and give allegiance to the chief in whose area he or she resides. To this end, we authority that has an area of jurisdiction in that region. Accordingly, and to our belief, a quorum of four chiefs could be formed and when three out of four attended, whatever could have been decided rests within the spheres of the Honorable Governor’s report to the Honorable Minister and Cabinet. The nullification of the meeting could have some implications, as it would be challenged by those traditional authorities who attended and to come for this meeting. Regarding land grabbing, we is no land grabbing that has ever taken place in that region between the traditional authorities since the Declaration of 1993 has not been repealed as yet. We also and Mashi Traditional Authorities have their areas with their subjects and cannot be disputed. This country has a constitution that stipulates that there are ethnic groupings, tribes, cultures, values, norms and languages that need to be respected and the chiefs are there to represent their subjects in their areas and not claiming jurisdictional areas that do not exist in that region, as the case is now. Dr Vincent Ntema Sazita Dr Brian Sitali Lwendo
thought leaders Restitution claims suitors need re-awakening and paradigm shift >> P14 A letter to you from Namibia When I was asked to write for this special anniversary edition of Bazaar, I imagined a female reader of the magazine 150 years ago, in 1867. If she’d been able to see us today’s women what would she have made of us? Bazaar America just two years after the end of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery. It was a world without cars, modern anti biotics, or electric lighting. Most people did not live beyond their 50th birthday, and it was still common for women to die in childbirth. As a woman, for much of the 19th century in most Western countries, you couldn’t go to university, and entire professions, like medicine, science, and law, were closed to you. You couldn’t vote and wouldn’t win that right in many countries for more than half a century. So I imagine that if that reader of Bazaar could see us now, she would be astonished. And since she probably argued for women’s rights in her lifetime, I imagine she’d be thankful. But I also wonder what that 19th-century woman would make of the inequality that still exists for tens of millions of women and girls around the world such as the ones who have to go to work instead of school because they support their families. I read recently that the World Economic Forum predicted that it will take 83 years for the gaps in rights and opportunities between women and men to close in all countries. This is not about progress for women at the expense of men, My mother, who was part Iroquois Indian on her father’s side, taught me the Iroquois saying that we should consider the impact of our decisions upon the next seven generations. It is hard for us to be that thoughtful, with all the pressures in our lives, but it seems to me to be a beautiful aspiration. The photos [accompanying] this piece were shot at a nature reserve in Namibia’s Namib Desert. The reserve is run by the N/a’an ku sê Foundation, led by my friends Marlice and Rudie van Vuuren. Our daughter Shiloh was born in Namibia, and our family has worked with Rudie and Marlice on conservation in that country over the past decade. For me, Namibia represents not only ties of family and friendship but also the effort to and the environment so crucial to our future. The N/a’an ku sê Foundation works with Namibia’s San people, who are considered to be the world’s oldest culture. They represent thousands of years of man and wildlife coexisting in harmony, but they have suffered, like other indigenous peoples, from being forced off their lands by farming, unchecked development, and the depletion of wildlife. The destruction Angelina Jolie of natural habitat and wildlife has left the San people unable to hunt and support their families. The same thing is happening all across the globe in Africa, Latin women are often the most affected. Women make up most of the world’s food, water, and fuel to cook for their families. When the environment is damaged for example, when is killed by poachers, or tropical forests are bulldozed it deepens their poverty. Women’s education and The environment is also a crucial factor in future global stability, with 21.5 million people displaced worldwide by climate change every year, as part of the more than 65 million people displaced in total. N/a’an ku sê works to preserve the natural habitat and to protect endangered species, such as elephants, rhinos, and cheetahs, like the ones pictured in this story. when they were small cubs and our family sponsored them. They’d been orphaned, and nearly died. They were nursed back to health, but they cannot be returned to the wild, as they have lost their fear of humans and could be killed if they stray onto farmland. With cheetah numbers plummeting to fewer than 7 100 worldwide, the mission is to save every animal possible. These cheetahs are not pets, nor should any wild animal ever be kept as one. They inspire us to help preserve these unique, majestic creatures in the wild, as just one of many steps to preserve the environment for future generations. Each of us has the power to make an impact through our everyday choices. For instance, we can commit to never buying illegal wildlife products such as ivory or rhino horn. Fashion was once a major factor in encouraging the demand for clothes, jewellery, and objects made from wildlife parts. But magazines can now send a different message: that wild animals belong in the wild, and that ivory is not beautiful unless on the tusk of a living animal. What we do, each in our own small way, matters. The hopeful thought is that it is in our hands. Over the next 150 years, technology is going to give us more and better poverty, defending human rights, and caring for the environment. But it is what we choose to do with the freedom we have that will make all the difference. If my life experience has taught me anything, it is that what you stand for, and what you choose to stand against, is what “You are never lost if you can see your path to the horizon.” * This is a shortened version of the piece written by actress part of Harper’s Bazaar 150 th () Political offside, golden award in abstentia or a progressive nation? Certain sports codes like rugby, soccer or football, as some people refer to them, have rules that are called offside. (It is usually when a player occupies an unlawful play.) Interestingly, on the soccer pitch players turn to yell at the referee that the opponents are offside. Sometimes goals are scored when conceding teams deem their opponents to have been offside. Occasionally, players protest the decision of the referee, but I have never seen a referee change his mind on a decision due to the aggression or zeal of any protest or dispute. is that we have all the powers to change the outcome of the game, if we position ourselves onside. The recent social media comments regarding the NBC TV licence payment as well as the suggestions that we should not pay our TV licences is perhaps putting us in a politically offside position. We sing “their blood waters our freedom” in honour of our heroes and their lives for us to enjoy the freedom we have today. The generation aged under 50 has a gigantic task ahead to champion the second leg of the liberation struggle - economic emancipation. It starts most importantly with the appreciation of the opportunity we have to build a better tomorrow for our Namibia. It starts with us counting our blessings and Today in Swapo we are tasked with serious challenges and we have all the resources and foresight to overcome it. However, we have to ask a few questions just to double the temperature required in this climate of political maintenance. Are we teaching our children that independence comes with the responsibility of appreciation and counting our blessings? What norms and moral values are we promoting if we are suggesting that we should not pay our TV licences? The responsibility of encouraging youths to appreciate and protect our independence is ours, comrades. If my memory serves me right, avoiding to pay NBC TV licences is just but the beginning of lawlessness if these arguments are left unchallenged in our society. Some people spend more than the annual TV licence fees on alcohol and drugs, cigarettes and even illegal substances. I am not claiming to have the right of telling anyone how and on what to spend their money but if you happily spend money on that and refuse to contribute to our national broadcasting revenue then I am concerned about the moral turpitude in our society. An NBC TV licence costs N4. The last time this licence fee was increased is most definitely more than 10 years ago. The TV licence revenue will help the NBC to function more we, the community, are NBC leadership for poor management when they are unable to provide coverage of certain events. What would the next ridiculous and preposterous suggestion be? Are we going to say that we are not going to pay our motor vehicle licences or we won’t pay our speeding ticket? How about we really support our government and honour our TV licence obligation and we display the pride that our heroes and heroines had when they so that we could enjoy the freedom we are enjoying today. We could do that or we will end up playing from an unlawful position and, trust me, when I tell you that a downward spiral is a consistent destruction that starts with a clear end in mind. It rarely fails to achieve its objection of mass destruction of society, except when it is stopped in its tracks in its infancy. There are a few points to consider before you make yourself guilty of the natural process of mass destruction. If you really contribute to the police resources to be diluted for the purpose of collecting TV licences than you will be a member of the political offside group aiming to bequeath the next generation with degenerated values. Whether you end up paying your TV licence or end up in jail it’s still a loss to society. Most insulting you will reward the architect of apartheid with the golden award in abstentia. You will be justifying that the race war was just and none white races are inferior to whites and unable to self-govern. Regardless of the colour of your skin, you will be indirectly promoting racism. We have a duty comrades to popularise and promote the ideals of solidarity, social justice and progress. The presence of destruction can never yield progressive result. Pay your TV licence, say no to destruction and appreciate independence. It really didn’t come on a silver platter.